Weekend Report- January 23-24, 2021

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

A man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 12:15am Sunday in Miller County.  The patrol says that 23 year old Jacob Hager of Eugene, MO was a passenger in a truck driven by 27 year old Joshua Cox of Tuscumbia, MO.  They were on Route A when the truck traveled off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected, causing it to travel across the road and off the left side and then overcorrected again crossing the center line and overturned.  Jacob Hager was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY WRECK

 

A St. Clair driver was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday morning in Franklin County.  20 year old Austin Bledsoe was on Highway 47 and driving at a high rate of speed when his car ran off the right side of the road, struck a utility pole and a tree.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital South with serious injuries.

 

WOMAN HURT IN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING CRASH

 

A De Soto woman was hurt in an early Saturday morning crash in Jefferson County.  21 year old Christina Benjamin was on Meyer Road when her vehicle ran off the right side of the road, struck a telephone pole and a tree.  She sustained minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment.

 




January 22, 2021

 

REPUBLICAN SENATORS MOVE TO LESSEN THE POWER OF HEALTH OFFICIALS

 

Republican senators in Missouri are trying to check health officials' power in response to their handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Senate health committee members debated a bill Wednesday that would ensure there are no government-imposed occupancy limits on churches and other places of worship during public health emergencies.
Other bills would take the power to make public health rules away from county health boards and instead leave it up to county commissioners.
The bill sponsors argue that some health officials went too far in limiting gatherings at churches, businesses and private homes in their attempts to limit COVID-19's spread.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE DETAIN SECOND JUVENILE IN SHOTS FIRED INCIDENT

 

Columbia Police have detained a second juvenile in relation to a shots fired incident on Thursday, Jan. 21. It is now believed that all suspects involved in this incident have been taken into custody. 

At approximately 12:22 a.m., Columbia Police attempted to conduct a traffic stop in the area of Melbourne and Hodge streets. The vehicle fled from the officer but crashed in the area of the 200 block of Orr Street. As the patrol vehicle approached the intersection of Orr and Ash streets, a suspect fired at the patrol vehicle. 

Officers located several shell casings and property damage to a patrol vehicle. No injuries were reported.

This is an ongoing investigation and is being handled by CPD’s Criminal Investigation Division. More information may become available at a later time. 

If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 




January 21, 2021

 

ANOTHER MISSOURI LAWMAKER TESTS POSITIVE FOR VIRUS AS STATE HOUSE CALLS OFF SESSION

 

Another Missouri lawmaker has tested positive for COVID-19 as the House called off its session to try to stem an outbreak of the virus in the Capitol building.
State Rep. Kimberly-Ann Collins of St. Louis said in a Facebook post Monday that she tested positive for the virus and is in isolation.
The House Journal indicates she was at the Capitol last Thursday.
Her case comes after state Rep. Wes Rogers of Kansas City tested positive last week, and other lawmakers went into quarantine.
House leaders have canceled session for this week, though the Senate is continuing to meet.

 

MISSOURI LAW TO RAISE AGE TO TRY AS AN ADULT TO 18 NOT YET IN USE

 

Most county prosecutors in Missouri are not following a new law that raised the age for being charged as an adult to 18.
The law took effect on Jan. 1 but the Missouri Legislature did not provide funding for juvenile services to handle an influx of new cases caused by the change.
Missouri is one of only five states in the U.S. that automatically charges 17-year-olds as adults in criminal cases.
Prosecutors in St. Louis and Jackson County have implemented the change.
But the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys and the Missouri Juvenile Justice Association have refused to make the change because of the lack of funding.

 

MDC ANNOUNCES PRELIMINARY DEER SEASON NUMBERS

 

Missouri's deer-hunting season ended on January 15, 2021, with the Department of Conservation (MDC) reporting that 296,516 deer were harvested. That is higher than the 2019-2020 total of 285,873 deer.

Of the deer harvested, 140,468 were antlered bucks, 28,587 were button bucks and 127,461 were does.

 

In Eastern Missouri

The MDC is also reporting that there were four weapon-related hunting accidents during the 2020-2021 season.

All were self-inflicted and non-fatal.

 

 

 




January 20, 2021

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED REPORT

 

At approximately 8:36 a.m. on Jan. 19, Columbia Police responded to a report of shots fired in the 2200 block of Clark Lane

Upon arrival, officers determined that the incident transpired as a result of domestic violence initiated by a 19 year-old male inside a residence. 

Officers located two females and the male, all with gunshot wounds, and several shell casings. The females were 19 and 36 years of age.

All subjects were transported to a local hospital by EMS. One female suffered serious injuries, while the other was treated for minor injuries.

The male suffered from a self-inflicted gunshot wound and is being treated for life-threatening injuries.

This is an ongoing investigation and is being handled by CPD’s Criminal Investigation Division. More information may become available at a later time. 

If you saw something or know something, say something. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous. 

 

FAULTY WIRING CAUSES MONDAY NIGHT FIRE IN COLUMBIA

 

The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 2707 Rain Tree Court on Monday, January 18, 2021 at 10:01pm.  
The first unit arrived on the scene approximately five minutes later and observed a pickup truck fully involved with fire and a portion of a shed against the home also on fire.  Crews performed an aggressive fire attack using preconnected hose lines and had the fire brought under control in approximately thirty minutes.  Extensive overhaul work was done to ensure fire had not spread inside concealed spaces further into the home.  
Assistant Fire Marshal Kyle Edwards was dispatched to perform a fire origin and cause investigation.  Edwards determined the fire originated on the west side of the structure in the shed.  The cause of the fire is accidental and a result of faulty electrical wiring inside the shed.  Damage is estimated at $100,000.
Eleven units from the Columbia Fire Department responded to this call.  There were no reported injuries.  The Columbia Fire Department reminds residents that smoke alarms save lives.  You should have one on every level of your home and in places where people sleep.  Smoke alarms should be tested monthly by pressing the 'Test' button.  Smoke alarm batteries should be replaced every six months.

 

 




January 19, 2021

 

EASTERN MISSOURI WOMAN FOUND DEAD IN PARKED CAR WITH UNHARMED INFANT

 

Authorities say a woman was found dead in a parked car in Missouri with an infant alongside her.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports police responding to a call about a "sudden death" about 7:30 a.m. Monday found her suffering from a gunshot wound in a car at Spanish Lake in St. Louis County.
She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say the baby didn't appear to be injured and was taken to a hospital for examination.
The shooting is being investigated as a homicide.
Law enforcement officials say they don't believe it was a suicide.

 

COLUMBIA MAN INJURED IN COLE COUNTY CRASH

 

A Columbia man was injured after a Sunday afternoon crash in Cole County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol a vehicle driven by 30 year old Bradley Moddes of Columbia was eastbound on U.S. Highway 54 at Old Ridge Road at around 3:40 Sunday afternoon when he traveled off the right side of the road and struck the median cables.  Moddes was taken by ambulance to Boone Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

 

 

 




January 18, 2021

 

MISSOURI HOUSE HALTS WORK AS COVID-19 CASES RISE      

 

The Missouri House is canceling work next week because of a rising number of coronavirus cases in the Capitol.

Republican House leaders announced the decision late Thursday.

House leaders didn't specify how many lawmakers and staffers are ill. But at least one lawmaker tested positive and several others are quarantining.

House leaders say they plan to return to work the week of Jan. 25.

A spokesman for Senate Republican leaders says that chamber still plans on working next week.

Statewide, at least 15,519 people were sickened by the virus in the past week, according to the state health department. That's about 2,217 newly reported cases per day.

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR SAYS HE’S SENDING TROOPS TO DC TO ASSIST WITH SECURITY

 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is sending National Guard troops to Washington, D.C. to help with security leading up to the presidential inauguration.

A spokeswoman for the governor didn't specify how many troops Missouri is sending.

Officials say the number of National Guard troops coming to Washington from across the country to assist with security has so far grown to 21,000.

The FBI has warned that armed protests by violent supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump are being planned in Washington in the days leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED REPORT

 

Columbia Police officers responded to the 2900 block of Paris Road on Saturday, Jan. 16 at approximately 5:30 p.m., for a report of a shot fired. 

During the investigation, evidence was located that confirmed one shot was fired in the parking lot of American Freight Furniture and Mattress, 2900 Paris Road. There were no injuries or property damage caused from the gunshot. 

While collecting information on the scene, officers were able to identify the suspect and make phone contact with her, as she had left the scene prior to their arrival. It was confirmed that she was at a residence in the 2100 block of Carol Drive

The suspect refused to cooperate with officers and due to the confirmation of a shot being fired at the previous location, the Columbia Police SWAT Team and Crisis Negotiations Team were requested to assist patrol officers, as the suspect was considered armed and dangerous. 

A CPD crisis negotiator made phone contact with the suspect, and she was safely taken into custody without any injuries.  

Paris M.Owens, 33, of Columbia, was arrested for 1st degree assault, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon. Owens will be remanded to the custody of the Boone County Jail.

This is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available at a later time.

If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

 

 

 




Weekend Report- January 16-17, 2021

 

MAN INJURED IN GASCONADE COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Sullivan man was injured in an accident that occurred at around 7:45pm Saturday in Gasconade County.  According to the report 38 year old Christopher Grant was on MO 28 and being pursued by Owensville PD when he entered a curve at a high rate of speed and lost control of his car began skidding, traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck a driveway and overturned, coming to rest on its top in the roadway.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

FULTON DRIVER HURT IN FRIDAY NIGHT CRASH

 

A Fulton driver was hurt in a Friday night crash in Cole County.  23 year old Nicholas Vaughn was on US 54 in the right lane when he changed lanes to pass a vehicle and lost control due to road conditions, causing it to run off the left side of the road and strike the median cables.  He suffered minor injuries and was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment.

 

WOMAN KILLED IN ONE-VEHICLE WRECK

 

A Troy woman was killed in a one-vehicle wreck last Thursday morning in St. Charles County.  The patrol says that 37 year old Katrina Tutor was eastbound on I-64 when her vehicle traveled from lane 1 to lane 3 and off the right side of the roadway, struck a concrete block, overturned and caught fire.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

 

 

 




January 15, 2021

 

COLUMBIA MAN INJURED IN THURSDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

A Columbia man is injured after an accident Thursday morning in Boone County.

According to a crash report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, an SUV driven by 19 year old Lindsey Baney of Hallsville was turning onto U.S. Highway 63 from Missouri Highway 124 and turned into the path of a car driven by 49 year old Dean Jones of Columbia. Jones’ car struck Baney’s SUV in the rear causing it to leave the roadway and overturn.  Jones suffered moderate injuries in the crash and was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.  Baney was not injured. According to the crash report, Jones was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

 

COLUMBIA AND BOONE COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS ISSUE STATEMENT ON COVID VACCINE DISTRIBUTION

 

Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services issued the following statement regarding vaccine distribution guidance on Thursday, Jan. 14:

We have received the state’s updated guidance and are working on implementing it in Boone County. We are relieved to see that we have been given the go ahead to move on to vaccinating some of our most vulnerable residents as supply levels permit. This is an important step in slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our area.
At this time Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services continues to vaccinate those who are considered 1A. We are also beginning to vaccinate those within 
Phase 1B, Tier 1, but vaccine supply is limited. Moving into the next tiers and phases will be dependent on vaccine availability.
While we are still focused on getting shots to everyone in the 1A and 1B, Tier 1 populations, we are also putting programs and people in place to be able to vaccinate the high-risk individuals identified as group 1B, Tier 2: adults ages 65 and over and those with certain medical conditions. Our department will make a public announcement when we are able to vaccinate those in 1B, Tier 2.

 

Columbia and Boone County residents can sign up for notifications of when vaccines are available to them by filling out this form: https://forms.gle/QkFq8b3FNnD8UfTcA. Please note that this gives us a way to contact those who are in the groups being vaccinated, but does not serve as a virtual queue or guarantee when and where a dose will be available.
For information about where you fall in the order of prioritization and for answers to some frequently asked questions, please visit 
CoMo.gov/CovidVaccine. As vaccines become available, this website will also include information about when and where people can get vaccinated against COVID-19.
While waiting for their turn for a vaccine, we urge people to continue wearing a mask, keeping a safe social distance, washing their hands frequently, and avoiding large gatherings and crowded indoor spaces.
Those with questions or concerns not addressed on the website can email CovidVaccine@CoMo.gov

 




January 14, 2021

 

FOCUS ON BRIDGES PROJECTS AWARDED BY COMMISSION FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission recently awarded a contract to E & C Bridge, LLC, of Jamestown, Missouri, for bridge projects in Montgomery County in the amount of $2,353,655.40.  The projects are as follows:

Montgomery County Route N – bridge replacement over Interstate 70, located 1.8 miles east of Callaway County Route YY near Mineola.

 

Montgomery County Route P – bridge replacement over Dry Fork, located 0.7 mile south of Montgomery County Route K near Americus.

 

Montgomery County Route J – bridge rehabilitation over Clear Creek, located 2.5 miles west of Missouri Route 19 near Big Spring.

 

These bridges are included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.

These routes will be closed while the bridge work is completed.  The work could begin as early as this spring and should be completed before fall.

 

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CARRIES OUT FIRST EXECUTION ON FEMALE INMATE SINCE 1950S ON WOMAN WHO MURDERED A MISSOURI MOTHER

 

The U.S. government has carried out its first execution of a female inmate in nearly seven decades.

Authorities executed a Kansas woman who strangled an expectant mother in Missouri and cut the baby from her womb.

Lisa Montgomery was pronounced dead at 1:31 a.m. Wednesday after receiving a lethal injection at the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Montgomery killed Bobbie Jo Stinnett, 23, in Skidmore, Missouri.

She was the 11th prisoner executed since July, when President Donald Trump resumed federal executions following 17 years without one.

President-elect Joe Biden, a death penalty opponent, will be sworn-in next week.

A federal judge on Tuesday halted two other executions scheduled for this week after the inmates tested positive for COVID-19.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED REPORT

 

Columbia Police officers responded to a report of shots fired Wednesday, Jan. 13 at approximately 5:10 a.m., in the area of Bethel Street and Nikki Way.

Officers made contact with a resident who reported that he observed suspects rummaging through his vehicle around 5 a.m. The victim reported that after confronting the suspects, they entered a gray or silver-colored SUV and fled the area. The victim reported the suspects fired shots at him from the vehicle in which they fled.  

Officers located damage to the victim’s vehicle from gunshots, along with several shell casings. 

There were no injuries reported during this incident. 

The victim reported four suspects were possibly in the vehicle but was only able to provide a description for two of them. 

The first suspect was described as a white male, approximately 5’9 with a thin build. He was wearing blue jeans, a red shirt, white shoes and a red face mask. The second suspect was described as a white male wearing blue jeans, a red/white striped shirt and white shoes.

This is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available at a later time.

If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

 

 

 

 

 




January 13, 2021

 

COLUMBIA MAN FOUND GUILTY OF SEXUAL ABUSE CHARGES

 

A Columbia, Missouri man has been found guilty of numerous sexual abuse charges.

According to Macon County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Corey Moon, on January 8, 2021, a Sullivan County jury found Jason Shade, 41, guilty of sexual abuse in the first degree and sexual abuse in the second degree for events that occurred in Macon, Missouri on December 22, 2018.

A press release states the jury deliberated for nearly 6 hours in finding that Shade sexually abused a 97-year-old female.

Shade is currently scheduled to be sentenced by the Honorable Tracey Mason-White, Sullivan County Associate Circuit Judge on March 8, 2021 in the Sullivan County Courthouse.

He faces up to 19 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.

 

NEW COMPANY PLANS TO BRING BOAT TOURS BACK TO TABLE ROCK LAKE

 

A new company said it is planning to bring tours featuring “unsinkable” amphibious boats back to a Missouri lake where 17 people drowned when a duck boat sank in 2018.

The owners of Branson Duck Tours LLC said they hope to begin the tours on Table Rock Lake near Branson late this spring, The Kansas City Star reported.

The duck boat tours were a longtime popular attraction in the tourist town but had not returned to the lake since the tragedy.

To date, the city hasn’t received a business license application from the new company, which has not contacted any city departments, spokeswoman Melody Pettit said.

Boats used in the new venture will not resemble the World War II-era amphibious boats that were in use when a boat sank in July 2018 during a storm, said Jaredan Braal, of Memphis, Tennessee, co-owner of the new venture.

The new boat tours would use Hydra-Terra amphibious vessels, which include foam-filled compartments in the hull for buoyancy. The company said on its website that the boat’s “design has been proven to be UNSINKABLE.”

“This is a completely different vehicle with greatly improved safety. ... The similarities are it is an amphibious tour.” Braal said.

Ripley Entertainment, which owned the duck boat that sank, settled 31 lawsuits related to the tragedy. Criminal charges filed against three Ripley employees were dismissed in December.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT REPORT

 

On Friday, January 8, 2021, at approximately 4:06 PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1700 block of W Boulevard in reference to a circuit breaker tripping in a home and the home filling with smoke.  Responding personnel found fire burning through the siding on the back of the home near some electrical wiring in the wall.  The fire was contained and extinguished in that area with the outside wall suffering significant fire damage but no damage inside the home.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 

On Sunday, January 10, 2021, at approximately 1:19PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the US Highway 54 bypass, north of the S Clark exit, in reference to a vehicle rolling over and coming to rest off the roadway.  Responding personnel learned that Patrick Ryan, age 46 of Mexico, was traveling westbound on the bypass in his 2005 Toyota Sequoia, with his teenage children, when an eastbound vehicle entered his lane of travel.  Ryan swerved to avoid a collision and his vehicle left the roadway.  Witnesses identified the eastbound vehicle as a 2015 Dodge Dart being driven by Brooke Lucas, age 27 of Bowling Green.  A trooper with the Missouri State Highway Patrol spoke with Lucas near the crash scene, and she indicated that she fell asleep at the wheel and crossed the centerline.  Investigation into the incident is ongoing.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 

 

 

 

 




January 12, 2021

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR ISSUES STATEMENT ON INAUGURATION

 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is promising to "preserve the American dream" as he begins a new term in office.

The Republican governor was set to take the oath of office at midday Monday on the grounds of the newly refurbished Capitol. In his prepared remarks, Parson says he will care for everyone from the "unborn to the elderly" and "the rich to the poor, regardless of the color of your skin."

His inaugural won't include a parade or an evening ball.

Those traditional activities have been canceled or postponed because of concerns about spreading the coronavirus.

 

BAN ON POLICE CHOKEHOLDS GAINING TRACTION IN MISSOURI LEGISLATURE

 

A proposed ban on police chokeholds is gaining traction in Missouri's Republican-led Legislature.  Republican Rep. Shamed Dogan says he's working with a top Senate Republican and Democrats on the proposal.

He also wants to ban police from having sex with people in their custody.

The bipartisan effort marks a turning point for advocates of police accountability.

Lawmakers resisted strengthening laws on police use of force even after the 2014 fatal police shooting of Michael Brown leant momentum to accountability measures in other states.

This would be the first significant change to Missouri laws on police accountability since then.

 

BROOKFIELD MAN WANTED AFTER AUTHORITIES FIND BOMBS IN HIS HOME

 

A warrant for the arrest of a Brookfield man was issued after authorities found homemade bombs when searching his residence.

According to a probable cause statement, authorities conducted a search at the residence of 29 year old Creed Jones who was believed to have stolen a vehicle in Brookfield on Christmas Eve. While police were questioning Jones about the incident, a search at Jones’ home turned up multiple stolen items that belonged to the owner of the vehicle. Officers also say they found multiple homemade bombs that were wrapped in electrical tape.  Authorities say at least one contained a fuse and was likely filled with BBs.  A bomb squad from the Missouri State Highway Patrol was called in to handle the explosives. Jones has been charged with unlawful possession of an illegal weapon, theft of a motor vehicle, and possession of a controlled substance and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

 




January 11, 2021

 

MISSOURI PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS THANKFUL FLU HAS REMAINED IN CHECK SO FAR

 

As coronavirus cases surge in Missouri and nationwide, public health officials are thankful that so far, the flu has remained largely in check.
Health leaders worried about a possible "twindemic" as the severe flu season began in the late fall, something that would leave flu and COVID-19 patients competing for ventilators and hospital beds.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Missouri's influenza report shows 681 people had tested positive for influenza by Dec. 26, the lowest total by that time of year in at least six seasons.
Typically, case numbers by the end of December have averaged near 13,000.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE FIND BOMB THREAT UNSUBSTANTIATED

 

Columbia Police was dispatched to a reported bomb threat on Jan. 8 at approximately 1 a.m. It was reported that the bomb was in a building on the Stephens College campus in the 1200 block of East Broadway.

Officers learned the building was empty and established a large perimeter around it to keep any pedestrian and vehicle traffic at a safe distance.

A search of the building found no evidence of an explosive device. At this time, there is nothing known to suggest any validity relating to this threat.  

Columbia Police wants to thank several agencies that assisted during this investigation, including the Columbia Police Bomb Squad, Columbia Fire Department, University of Missouri Police Department and Stephens College Security.

This is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available at a later time.

Columbia Police encourages the public to remain vigilant. Any local business, organization or individual who receives a potential threat to public safety should report it to local law enforcement.

If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

FIRE DESTROYS NOVINGER MOBILE HOME

 

A roaring overnight fire destroyed a northeast Missouri mobile home.

The call came in shortly after 1 a.m. Friday that a single wide mobile home in Novinger was on fire.

It happened in the 400 block of North Miller Avenue on the west edge of town.

Captain Eric Reardon with Adair County Fire told KTVO the structure was fully engulfed in flames when crews got there.

The Kirksville Fire Department was called in to help.

About 10 firefighters were on the scene for three hours overnight.

It appeared the fire also consumed a small metal building that was close to the trailer.

Reardon said he isn't sure who lived in the home. No one was there during or after the fire.

According to online records, the property is owned by Michelle Brassfield.

Reardon said the damage was too extensive to determine what started it so the official cause will go in the books as "undetermined."

 

 

 




Weekend Report- January 9-10, 2021

 

TWO SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SATURDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

Two people from St. Louis were seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 11:10am Saturday in St. Louis County.  The patrol says that 38 year old Kiana Howard was westbound on I-70 when her car traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck the concrete wall, traveled back across the right side of the road and struck the other concrete wall.  Both the driver and her passenger 37 year old Willie Howard were transported by ambulance to DePaul Hospital with serious injuries.

 

WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN JEFFERSON COUNTY CRASH

 

A Barnhart woman was seriously injured in a Friday afternoon crash in Jefferson County.  26 year old Hayley Rice was on Missouri Route Z when she crossed the center line and her truck struck the front of a car driven by 40 year old Nicholas Watson of Hillsboro.  She was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

 




January 8, 2021

 

GOVERNOR PARSON RELEASES NEARLY $127 MILLION IN FY 2021 FUNDS

 

On Wednesday Governor Mike Parson announced the release of $126,921,606 in previously restricted Fiscal Year 2021 funds, including $117,460,583 in general revenue. 

"Thanks to our Show Me Strong Recovery Plan, we continue to outpace our economic recovery forecast, which is why we are able to release these funds today," Governor Parson said. "This is great news for our overall state and economy, and we will continue to evaluate our budget and spending as we move forward into the new year." 

Due to the financial impact of COVID-19, the state restricted approximately $449 million in FY21 spending to ensure a balanced budget and the necessary funds to combat the virus moving forward. At the time these budget decisions were made, Missouri’s unemployment rate was projected to be at roughly 16.3 percent. 

With Missouri's current unemployment rate at 4.4 percent and 67 percent of jobs recovered as of November 2020, the state is in a better economic position than previously projected.

The funds released today include nearly $26 million for the Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development and $1.5 million for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  

The remainder includes funding for several other departments, including the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Office of Administration, Department of Agriculture, Department of Natural Resources, Department of Economic Development, Department of Public Safety, Department of Mental Health, Department of Health and Senior Services, and Department of Social Services. 

In October 2020, Governor Parson released nearly $40 million in FY21 general revenue funds and allocated approximately $95 million in CARES Act funds for critical services in several areas. Nearly $100 million of these funds were to support K-12 and higher education. 

 

SCOTLAND COUNTY MAN ACCUSED OF PULLING GUN ON UNARMED SHERIFF

 

An ex-con from northeast Missouri is accused of pulling a gun on an unarmed off-duty sheriff.

The incident happened just after 3 p.m. Wednesday at a hunting cabin on Route W in Scotland County, Missouri.

The suspect is convicted felon Scott Ebling, 47, of Gorin, Missouri.

According to court documents, Ebling was just released from the Missouri Department of Corrections in late November 2020.

On Thursday afternoon, charges of first-degree burglary, first-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm were filed against Ebling. All three are felonies.

Investigators said new Scotland County Sheriff Bryan Whitney was off duty when he went to the cabin with a friend to make sure there were no frozen pipes.

Court documents state that when the sheriff's friend started to go into the cabin, he smelled cigarette smoke and saw coffee in the coffee pot.

He backed out the door and told Sheriff Whitney there was someone inside.

Authorities say Whitney then went inside and announced "Sheriff's department." They say Ebling responded, "Whitney?"

The two knew each other from previous encounters.

The sheriff then went to the back of the cabin where he found Ebling standing in the bedroom doorway pointing a pistol at him.

Investigators said Whitney tackled Ebling, and his friend was able to get the gun out of the suspect's hand. They then called Chief Deputy Bill Holland, who came to the scene and arrested Ebling.

Whitney told KTVO he believes the Walther PK380 handgun is likely stolen, and the owner may not even know it's missing.

He is asking area residents to check their firearms to make sure they are all accounted for.

Whitney said the pistol is not listed as stolen at this time.

He told us Ebling also had a large amount of .380 caliber ammunition.

Anyone who may be missing a gun or this type of ammunition is asked to call the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office 660-465-2106.

Ebling is being held in the Scotland County Jail, which was just reopened on January 1, 2021.

 

 




January 7, 2021

 

MISSOURI LAWMAKERS RETURN TO WORK AMID CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

 

Missouri lawmakers are back at work for what is likely to be an unusual session amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The roughly five-month annual legislative session began Wednesday.
Some precautions are in place to avoid spreading COVID-19.
House and Senate administrative staff must wear face masks, for example.
Lawmakers are strongly encouraged to wear masks, but it's not required.
Most Democratic lawmakers wore masks but many Republicans did not on opening day.
The Capitol is still open to the public.
Live audio and video streaming is available for committee hearings and floor sessions.

 

HUNDREDS GATHER OUTSIDE MISSOURI CAPITOL TO PROTEST ELECTION RESULTS

 

Hundreds of protesters have gathered at the Missouri State Capitol for a "Stop the Steal" rally on Wednesday to protest the certification of the presidential election results.

The rally is one of many happening all across the country as a joint session of Congress meets on Wednesday to confirm the results of the Electoral College victory by President-elect Joe Biden.

This session is typically a routine proceeding that serves as the last procedural hurdle before inauguration. However, this year the proceeding has garnered mass attention as President Donald Trump continues to make accusations about voter fraud. These accusations have been taken to State and Federal court over five dozen times and rejected, even among judges appointed by President Trump.

Still, President Trump has continued to pressure Republican officials and lawmakers to overturn the election’s results so he can remain in office.

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., has been critical about the 2020 election since the results were first announced, citing conversations he’s had with his constituents. Hawley said in a statement last week that he cannot vote to certify the Electoral College results on January 6.

Hawley is one of at least a dozen Republican senators and more than 100 House members that have announced they would object to the electoral votes certified in as many as six states: Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Nevada and Wisconsin. The Associated Press reports these are the same states where President Donald Trump and his allies were unable to overturn election results based on unsupported claims of widespread voter fraud.

As Congress meets, Missourians have shown up at the state Capitol for a "Stop the Steal" rally. The rally was initially published on Facebook as an event and, as of Wednesday morning, it had more than 860 respondents.

By 10 a.m. Wednesday, hundreds had gathered in Jefferson City dawning Trump flags, "Stop the Steal" signs and waving American flags.

Protesters at the rally say they feel disenfranchised. One protester told KRCG they drove two and a half hours to be at the rally on Wednesday.

 




January 6, 2021

 

YOUNG SEDALIA BOY DIES AFTER ACCIDENTALY SHOOTING HIMSELF

 

Sedalia police say a 4-year-old boy died after he accidentally shot himself at his family's home.
The boy, Andre Walker, died after the shooting on Sunday night.
Sedalia police said the boy's parents told officers he somehow got a hold of a loaded handgun and shot himself.
Police Commander David Woolery said several people, including two other children, were in the house at the time.
Police say the investigation is continuing but no foul play is suspected.

 

KIRKSVILLE FIRST RESPONDERS REPORT TO KIRKSVILLE STRUCTURE FIRE

 

Local first responders rushed to a structure fire Tuesday afternoon in Kirksville.

Authorities received a call that smoke was coming from a home's attic on Kirkwood Lane.

When police officers arrived on the scene, the smoke was coming from the garage.

The Kirksville Fire Department was able to put out the fire just minutes after arriving.

The damage done was minimal, and no injuries were reported.

When asked on scene about the cause of the fire, officials told KTVO they believed it was an electrical issue that started it.

 

MDC REPORTS 14,555 DEER TAKEN DURING ALTERNATIVE METHODS PORTION

 

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 14,555 deer during the alternative-methods portion of the firearms deer season, Dec. 26 - Jan. 5.  Top harvest counties were Franklin with 318 deer harvested, Callaway with 317, and Osage with 298.

The harvest total for last year’s alternative-methods portion was 12,024.

The archery deer and turkey season runs through Jan. 15.

 




January 5, 2021

 

ONE DEAD IN OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING IN CENTRAL MISSOURI

 

One man is dead after a shooting involving police at a Missouri shopping center.

Jefferson City Police said officers were investigating a disturbance that ended with a shooting Sunday afternoon at the strip mall.

The Wildwood Shopping Center where the disturbance was reported includes Ulta Beauty, Shoe Carnival and TJ Maxx stores.

Police said a 59-year-old St. Louis-area resident died in the shooting, but few details were released because officers were involved in the shooting.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol will investigate the shooting.

Several police vehicles were at the scene Sunday, and part of the parking lot was cordoned off with crime scene tape.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE ANNOUNCE MISSING GIRL FOUND SAFE

 

The Columbia Police Department announced on their Facebook page Monday morning a 12-year-old Columbia girl has been found safe.
The Columbia Police Department asked for the public's help in finding a missing 12-year-old girl, according to a press release.

Jewely Clark, of Columbia was reported missing over the weekend.

The CPD received a report that Clark ran away between 10 p.m. on Jan. 2 and 6:20 a.m. on Jan. 3 in the 2400 block of White Gate Dr.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Columbia Police Department at 573-874-7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573-875-8477 to remain anonymous.

 

MACON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SEARCHING FOR WANTED MAN

 

A northeast Missouri law enforcement agency is asking you to keep a lookout for a wanted man.

The Macon County Sheriff's Office is looking for John K. Houston.

Houston is wanted for three failure to appear warrants with original charges of resisting/interfering with arrest for a felony, 2 counts of stealing-4th or subsequent stealing offense and driving while revoked/suspended.

Each warrant has a bond set at $10,000 cash-only for a total bond of $30,000 cash-only.

If anyone has information about this subject, contact the Macon County Sheriff's Office at 660-385-2062.

 




January 4, 2021

 

MISSOURI SURPASSES 400,000 CORONAVIRUS CASES STATEWIDE

 

The number of coronavirus cases in Missouri has now topped 400,000, and hospitalizations remained at a high level on Sunday.

The state reported 2,305 new cases and 19 deaths to give it 401,761 cases and 5,562 deaths since the pandemic began.

The seven-day rolling average of new cases is down significantly from the peak of 4,723 set on Nov. 20, but it has been rising since Wednesday's 2,183 and it hit 2,810 on Sunday.

The number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus in the state declined to 2,701 from the previous day's 2,804, but it remained around the high level the state has been reporting since mid-November.

 

MSHP REPORTS FOUR TRAFFIC FATALITIES OVER NEW YEAR’S HOLIDAY WEEKEND: NO DROWNINGS OR BOATING FATALITIES

 

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, provides the following preliminary statistics related to the New Year’s holiday weekend:

Four people died in traffic crashes during the 78-hour counting period, which began at 6 p.m. Thursday, December 31, 2020, and ended at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, January 3, 2021.

2021 New Year’s Holiday Traffic Statistics

Troopers investigated the following:

Traffic Crashes — 458
Traffic Crash Injuries — 97
Traffic Crash Fatalities  4
DWI  135

[Note: Last year during the 30-hour New Year’s counting period, there were 323 traffic crashes statewide. In those crashes, one person was killed and another 140 were injured. During the 2020 New Year’s holiday, troopers arrested 58 people for driving while impaired.] 

There were no boating crashes or drownings over the 2021 New Year’s holiday counting period.

 




Weekend Report- January 2-3, 2021

 

2021 NEIGHBORHOOD PRESERVATION ACT APPLICATION CYCLE OPENED ON JAN. 1

 

The 2021 Neighborhood Preservation Act application cycle opened on Friday January 1, 2021.  Applications are being accepted now and must be postmarked no later than February 16, 2021. 

Administered by the Department of Economic Development, the Neighborhood Preservation Act is a tax credit program created to aid in the rehabilitation and new construction of homes in certain census blocks in Missouri.    

Qualifying areas include "distressed communities," as defined in 135.530 RSMo, and eligible applicants include any taxpayer who incurs eligible costs for a new residence or rehabilitates a residence for owner occupancy that is located in a designated area.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT REPORT

 

On Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 7:33 pm, Mexico Department of Public Safety was called to 1933 Latney regarding a shed on fire.  The first arriving officers found the small shed in flames.  The fire was quickly extinguished.  The cause is believed to be an electrical issue.  There were no injuries associated with the incident.

 

On Thursday, December 31, at 9:20 am, Mexico Department of Public Safety was called to 600 block of East Liberty regarding smoke in the building.  The first arriving officers found light smoke in the building.  The cause is believed to be a broken belt on a washer.  There were no injuries associated with the incident.

 




December 31, 2020

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR PROVIDES UPDATE ON COVID-19 VACCINE PROGRESS

 

During Wednesday's briefing at the State Capitol, Governor Mike Parson provided an update on Missouri's progress with COVID-19 vaccinations.

Missouri has now received shipments of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine, and we have been successfully administering vaccines for more than two weeks,” Governor Parson. “We are very pleased with how well the process has gone so far. We are continuing to work through Phase 1A of our vaccine plan, and additional details on Phase 1B will be forthcoming.”

On Monday, CVS and Walgreens pharmacies across the state began administering vaccines to staff and residents at long-term care facilities through the federal pharmacy partnership. These vaccine shipments come directly from the federal government to the pharmacies as part of Missouri's allotment of Moderna vaccines.

As of December 29, more than 66,000 frontline health care workers and long-term care facility residents and staff have received an initial dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. By the end of this week, vaccinating facilities across the state will have received another 84,000 initial doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Missouri has been allotted more than 73,000 doses for next week.

Also next week, individuals who have received an initial dose of the Pfizer vaccine will begin receiving their second dose. It is important to note that shipments for the second dose are already accounted for when initial shipments are allotted. Second doses are shipped at a later date according to each vaccine's administration parameters.

In addition to vaccine updates, Governor Parson also provided an update on the state's partnership with Vizient during today's briefing. Missouri now has 196 contracted staff through the partnership, including 33 respiratory therapists, 75 certified nurses aids, and 88 nurses with various specialties.

“Our partnership with Vizient continues to provide relief for six hospitals across the state,” Governor Parson said. “On Monday, 24 health care workers reported to work at assigned hospitals. The remaining staff will begin work throughout the coming days and into the new year.”

Governor Parson continues to remind Missourians of the importance of social distancing, wearing a mask, minimizing travel, and avoiding large gatherings. Missourians are also strongly encouraged to visit the state's vaccine website MOStopsCOVID.com for daily updates and answers to common questions.

 

COLUMBIA MAN DEAD ANOTHER INJURED IN TUESDAY AFTERNOON CRASH ON SLICK ROADS

 

The slick roadways proved deadly in northeast Missouri on Tuesday afternoon.

A box truck overturned just after 12:30 p.m. on Highway 63, one mile north of Excello in Macon County.

Troopers said the truck, driven by Nicholas Evans, 41, of Columbia, Missouri, began sliding on the ice-covered highway. It overturned off the roadway, coming to rest upside down.

Evans suffered serious injuries.

His passenger, John Linder, 62, of Columbia, was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to the online crash report, neither man was wearing a seat belt.

 

FOUR HOSPITALIZED AFTER MARION COUNTY CRASH          

 

Four people were taken to the hospital after a two-vehicle crash in Marion County.

The crash happened on U.S. Highway 61, three miles north of Palmyra, Missouri, just before 2 p.m. Tuesday.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Casey Hathaway, 18, of Palmyra, was traveling northbound on U.S. 61, when she crossed the median and hit Sue Downing, 55, of Hannibal, head on.

Downing, the only occupant in her vehicle, sustained serious injuries in the crash.

Troopers say Hathaway, and one of two passengers in the vehicle with her, Amy Hathaway, 54, sustained moderate injuries.

The other passenger, a juvenile, only received minor injuries.

All four were transported by ambulance to Blessing Hospital in Quincy for their injuries.

We're told all four occupants were wearing seat belts.

 

 

 




December 30, 2020

 

COVID-19 VACCINE PROCESS CONTINUES TO LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES AROUND MISSOURI

 

The process of administering the COVID-19 vaccine to residents and staff at long-term care facilities in Missouri has begun.
Residents at the Cottages of Lake St. Louis Retirement Center were among the first in the state to receive the vaccine Monday morning.
CVS and Walgreen's employees will administer the vaccine to hundreds of care homes in the state.
Also Monday, the Missouri Department of Labor says it is waiting for federal guidance after President Donald Trump signed legislation Sunday that extends unemployment assistance programs through March 14 and provides an extra $300 per week.
It encouraged unemployed Missourians to continue to file weekly claims.

 

MAKE SMART CHOICES THIS NEW YEAR’S

 

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, encourages everyone to make good decisions regarding their New Year’s celebration. This past year has been challenging enough. No one wants to start 2021 with a traffic crash or DWI arrest. 

During last year’s 30-hour New Year’s holiday counting period, one person died and 140 people were injured in 323 traffic crashes. Thus, a person was killed or injured every 12.8 minutes during that time frame.

The 2021 New Year’s 78-hour holiday counting period is from 6 p.m. Thursday, December 31, 2020, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, January 3, 2021. 

If your plans to welcome the new year include alcohol, remember that 2021 will be more difficult if you are arrested for driving while intoxicated or involved in a drinking-related traffic crash. If you’re driving, don’t include alcohol or illegal substances in your plan. Be the designated driver or make sure you have one. The roadway is no place for a driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you cause a traffic crash, your New Year might begin with being arrested, facing legal fees and medical bills, and perhaps jail time! You could lose your license and will have to face your family and friends. If you kill or injure someone, you’ll pay the price for the rest of your life. Be smart! Designate a sober driver, utilize a ride share service or taxi.

If you plan to drive this New Year’s, remember to buckle up and make sure all your passengers do the same. Pay attention, obey all traffic laws, and when in doubt, yield the right-of-way. Be sure to use your turn signal to communicate your intentions. Remember: The posted speed limit reflects the roadway's classification and is not a suggestion! There’s no reason to speed—Driving is a responsibility you should take seriously.

Before you travel, check road conditions by calling 1-888-275-6636. Allow extra time during inclement weather or consider staying home. Remember: Missouri law states if you’re using your windshield wipers, your headlights must be turned on. 

  




December 29, 2020

 

FINAL WEEK OF 2020 BRINGS FIRST WINTER STORM OF THE SEASON

 

The first major winter weather will come in a series of storms potentially culminating on the New Year’s holiday. The Missouri Department of Transportation urges drivers to slow down and plan extra time for travel this week, avoiding travel altogether during periods of freezing rain, sleet and ice.

 

Precipitation is forecast Tuesday morning with the possibility of snow, ice and a wintry mix scattered across the northern half of the state. Even a small amount of freezing precipitation can cause slippery road conditions. MoDOT crews will be working around the clock to get the roads to mostly clear within a few hours after the weather stops.

 

Keep informed of rapidly changing forecasts and prepare to respond accordingly. To check road conditions please go to MoDOT’s Traveler Information Map at traveler.modot.org/map/  The map can also be downloaded as a free app for Apple and Android devices.

 

MoDOT also provides road condition information through its Customer Service Center. Dial 888-ASK-MODOT (888-275-6636) to speak with a customer service representative 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

 

MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL RELEASES HOLIDAY WEEKEND CRASH REPORTS

 

Five people died on Missouri roadways during the holiday weekend, with wrong-way Christmas Day accidents blamed in three of the deaths.
The counting period began Thursday night and ended Sunday.
Two people died Friday in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 470 in Jackson County.
Another wrong-way wreck killed a man in St. Charles County on Friday.
A 14-year-old girl passenger died in a wreck Thursday, and a 56-year-old woman died Sunday when her car left the roadway in Cole County.

 

PARENTS OF MURDERED MISSOURI CHILD FACE CHARGES

 

The parents of a 4-year-old Missouri girl allegedly killed by neighbors to remove a "demon" now face charges.
Mary S. Mast and James A. Mast, both of Lincoln, Missouri, were charged Thursday with felony child endangerment resulting in death. They're jailed without bond.
The couple's other children, a 2-year-old son and an infant, were placed in protective custody.
The 4-year-old girl was found dead at the family home on Dec. 20.
Benton County Sheriff Eric Knox says she had been severely beaten and dunked in an icy pond as part of what appeared to be a "religious-type episode."

Two neighbors are charged with second-degree murder.

 

 

 

 

 

 




December 28, 2020

 

MISSOURI SETS NEW COVID-19 HOSPITALIZATION RECORD ON CHRISTMAS DAY

 

Missouri set a new record for patients hospitalized with COVID-19 on Christmas Day as the pandemic surges.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that there were 2,862 patients hospitalized statewide, eclipsing the previous record of 2,851 on Nov. 18.

Hospitalizations have remained high in the past month.

Meanwhile, data posted Saturday on the state health department website shows the seven-day average for new cases is 2,213 each day.

With the virus present at such elevated levels, county officials are urging caution.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE ARREST MAN AFTER PURSUIT LAST WEEK

 

At approximately 3:50 p.m. Thursday, Columbia Police arrested Douglas Antonio Lee, 42, of Columbia. Lee was arrested for felony warrants for the charges of first degree Domestic Assault, Possession of Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Resisting/Interfering with Arrest.

At approximately 10:34 a.m., Columbia Police attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a suspect who was known to have several felony warrants. The vehicle fled and officers engaged in a pursuit that began near 33 E. Broadway. 

The officers terminated the pursuit as it entered the downtown area, but were able to locate the suspect at a known residence in the 3500 of New Haven Rd.

The suspect, identified as Lee, barricaded himself inside the residence for more than four hours. Lee was armed with a pistol when officers took him into custody.

Columbia Police requested assistance from CPD SWAT BearCat, Crisis Negotiations Team, Vice Narcotics & Organized Crime Unit and Columbia Fire. A drone also was used to help locate the suspect.

No injuries occurred during the incident.

This is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available at a later time. 

If you see something, say something. Anyone with information about this incident, please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

MISSOURI SENATE MAKING CHANGES AMID PANDEMIC

 

Missouri's tradition-bound Senate is installing an audio monitoring system in its committee hearing rooms so employees, lobbyists and the public can listen to debate in their homes or offices as the pandemic rages.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Senate Administrator Patrick Baker said the changes could mean fewer people in a building that is often crowded during the nearly five-month annual session.
Statewide, 18,467 new confirmed cases have been reported in the past week. That's about 2,638 new cases a day on average.
The House also is making changes in an attempt to give people an option of staying away from crowded corridors, with video links being installed in committee rooms that will allow people to submit testimony virtually.

 

 




December 23, 2020

 

CVS HEALTH ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR 100,000 COVID-19 VACCINATIONS AT MISSOURI CARE FACILITIES

 

CVS Health plans to administer about 100,000 coronavirus vaccinations next week at Missouri long-term care facilities as the vaccination rollout expands beyond health care workers.
CVS Health said Monday it will vaccinate residents and staff at more than 40,000 long-term care facilities across the U.S.
The first of those vaccinations have already begun, but Missouri facilities will see their first vaccinations starting Dec. 28.
Health care workers were the first to get the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Nursing homes are next because the virus has killed more than 110,000 people at long-term care facilities nationwide.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED REPORT MONDAY EVENING

 

At approximately 7:51 p.m. on Dec. 21, Columbia Police officers responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Whitegate Drive and Sylvan Lane

Upon arrival, officers canvassed the area and located several shell casings near the area of the reported incident.

Officers spoke with residents who reported seeing a black sedan driving northbound on Sylvan Lane at a high rate of speed after they heard multiple gun shots.

No further suspect information is available, and there were no injuries reported at the time. 

This is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available at a later time.

If you saw something or know something, say something. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 




December 22, 2020

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT REPORT

 

On Thursday, December 17 at approximately 5:23PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1500 block of N Washington in reference to a neighborhood disturbance.  Responding personnel found that during the disturbance, Brandon L Davis, age 29 of Mexico came out into the roadway with a gun while threatening others.  Davis was arrested on scene and processed at MPSD.  He was later taken to the Audrain County Jail for Assault 4th degree and Unlawful Use of Weapon.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 

On Saturday, December 19 at approximately 6:09PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the area of Missouri Highway 15 (Paris Rd) and Hendricks in reference to a car fire.  Responding personnel found a 2013, Chevrolet Cruz, stopped in the southbound lane of Paris Rd., with the engine compartment fully engulfed in flame. The fire was contained and extinguished in that area with the front of the car being a total loss but the passenger compartment receiving minimal damage. 

 

The owner of the car stated he struck a deer about five miles north of Mexico and was trying to drive the vehicle to his home in town.  He stated when he reached the area of Paris Road and Hendricks he saw flame under the hood and evacuated the car.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SATURDAY MORNING HOMICIDE

 

Columbia Police responded to a residence in the 1900 block of Juniper Circle at approximately 2 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 19 for a report of shots fired.

When officers arrived, they located two adults in the residence with gunshot wounds. The male sustained a non life-threatening gunshot wound and was transported by EMS to a local emergency room for advanced medical care. The female was located when officers were clearing the residence for suspects or other victims. That victim was found with a life-threatening gunshot wound and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The deceased victim was identified as Robyn Lucas, 51, of Columbia. Next of kin has been notified.

During the investigation, officers developed probable cause to arrest the male, identified as Andrew Scott Lucas, 54, of Columbia, for 2nd degree murder after he was treated for his gunshot wound.  

He was remanded to the custody of the Boone County Jail. 

This is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available at a later time. 

If you know something, say something. If anyone has any information, they are encouraged to contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or call CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

 




December 21, 2020

 

MSHP: HAVE A SAFE CHRISTMAS SEASON!

 

Christmas 2020 may look a little different than previous years due to the coronavirus. Health officials have discouraged large gatherings, so there may not be an office party or school program. However, listening to Christmas carols and wrapping presents are still options and will bring a smile during the holidays. There are other sounds, like breaking glass, crunching metal, and calls for assistance, that don't bring a smile and are heard all too often ... no matter what season it is. Your Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers ask everyone to make safety a priority this Christmas season. 

Last year during the 30-hour Christmas counting period, there were 278 traffic crashes. In those crashes, three people were killed and another 111 were injured. During the 2019 Christmas holiday, troopers arrested 20 people for driving while impaired. 

"Please be a safe, courteous driver, " said Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. "Obey all traffic laws, drive sober, and pay attention when you're driving.
Every driver can help make our roadways safer this holiday season." 

Drivers are encouraged to make sure they are well rested, and their vehicle is in good working condition before driving to their destination, no matter how short the distance. Keep an eye on the weather and allow extra driving time. The Road Condition Report number is 1-888-275-6636.

The 2020 Christmas holiday counting period begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 24, 2020, and ends at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, December 27, 2020.

If faced with a traffic emergency, motorists can contact the Missouri State Highway Patrol at 1-800-525-5555 or *55 on a cellular phone. This emergency number will ring into the nearest Highway Patrol headquarters. Motorists should use this number if they are in a traffic crash, witness a crash or crime, or observe a stranded motorist in need of assistance, or other traffic emergencies. 

“If your plans include alcohol, designate a sober driver," said Col. Olson. "On behalf of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, I want to wish everyone a safe, merry Christmas!”

 

DRIVER EXAMINATION STATIONS CLOSED STATEWIDE ON UPCOMING HOLIDAYS

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol would like to remind the public that driver examination stations throughout the state will be closed on the following dates:

Thursday, December 24, 2020, in observance of Christmas Eve, and Friday, December 25, 2020, in observance of Christmas Day. Normal operations will resume Monday, December 28, 2020. 

Friday, January 1, 2021, in observance of New Year's holiday. Normal operations will resume on Monday, January 4, 2021.

 

 




Weekend Report- December 19-20, 2020

 

TEEN INJURED IN JEFFERSON COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Potosi teen was injured in an accident that occurred at 7:20pm Friday in Jefferson County.  19 year old Angelina Portell was on Missouri 21 when her car traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned.  She was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

MAN HURT IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

 

A St. Clair man was hurt in a motorcycle crash Friday night in Franklin County.  32 year old Michael Junge was riding his motorcycle on Parkway Drive when it ran off the right side of the road and overturned onto its left side.  He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.

 

DRIVER HURT IN SATURDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

A driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday night in Franklin County.  The patrol says that 71 year old Sarah Lacroix of Lonedell, MO. was on Project Road when her car traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned.  She was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of minor injuries.

 

 




December 18, 2020

 

MISSOURI PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION TURNS DOWN UTILITY SHUTOFF MORATORIUM

 

The Missouri Public Service Commission has turned down a request that sought a moratorium on utility shutoffs due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The commission says it has no authority to grant such an order.
The Consumers Council of Missouri filed a request for the emergency order that would have prohibited disconnection or discontinuation of residential electric, natural gas and water service through at least March 31.
The commission said in a statement released Wednesday that while it "shares its concern for the well-being of utility customers and all Missouri citizens during the pandemic," it lacks authority from the Legislature to issue a shutoff moratorium.

 

UNEMPLOYMENT INCHES DOWN IN MISSOURI

 

Unemployment is inching down in Missouri. But it's still higher than pre-pandemic levels.
The state's economic development department on Wednesday announced employment increased by 17,400 jobs last month.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped from 4.6% in October to 4.4% in November.
Missouri's economy is still recovering from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Compared to the same time last year, the unemployment rate is 1% higher.
Employment dropped in Missouri government jobs and the hospitality field.
There were employment gains in trade, transportation and utilities.
Employment is also up in education and health care.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE SEEK PUBLIC HELP IN LOCATING MISSING PERSON

 

The Columbia Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing Jefferson City man. 

The reported missing person has been identified as Marqukis Hayes, 25, of Jefferson City. He was last seen with a female occupant in a black 2011 GMC Sierra truck with a registration of 8ME-Z30 in the McDonald’s drive-thru located at 3206 Clark Ln in Columbia. The female occupant was identified as Angelica Benitez, 29.

At this time, the subjects’ direction of travel is unknown, and there are no additional details relating to either subject.

This is an ongoing investigation. There are no further details to provide at this time. 

If you saw something or know something, say something. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 




December 17, 2020

MISSOURI GOVERNOR PARSON STRESSES THE IMPORTANCE OF PREVENTION MEASURES AS COVID-19 VACCINE ARRIVES

 

On Monday, December 14, Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced the first shipments of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines had arrived in Missouri.

Distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine will continue to run according to Missouri's COVID-19 vaccine plan, which was announced back in October.

With the vaccine now being distributed across Missouri, Governor Parson held a news conference Wednesday to give an update on why Missourians need to be proactive to defeat this virus.

 

"Prevention will continue to be critically important especially with Christmas approaching," Gov. Parson said. "Again this means social distance, wear a mask, minimize travel, avoid large gatherings and limit interactions to 15 minutes. Let me just stress those points again, it's not one of the above, it is all of the above."

 

The first sites to receive the new vaccine will be each of Missouri’s 21 initial vaccination sites.

Those sites include hospitals and health care facilities across the state. 


















MDC PUSHES MRAP DEADLINE TO JANUARY 15TH

 

The Missouri Department of Conservation has pushed its deadline for the Missouri Outdoor Recreational Access Program (MRAP) to January 15.

Through this program, the public may participate in a variety of outdoor activities on private landowner properties.

Landowners can determine what activities may take place on their property however.

The Missouri Department of Conservation explained the process.

 

"There's six categories for allowable activities," said MDC Media Specialist Robert Hemmelgarn. "And landowners can determine the type of public access and activity they want to allow on their property within the limits of those six categories. Those categories range from all-access hunting and fishing to just wildlife viewing."

 

If landowners are interested in this program, a commitment of three years is required.

Once again, the application deadline is January 15.

 

MISSOURI ADDS MINORITY POLICING TRAINING TO RECRUIT TRAINING PROGRAM

 

Missouri law enforcement recruits will be required to undergo training in the history of policing in minority communities.
The commission that sets the training rules and approves the curriculum for law enforcement officers across the state voted Tuesday to add the requirement.
The Missouri Department of Public Safety said in a news release that the two-hour block of instruction would cover policing from the founding of the nation through the present.
The two-hour curriculum is currently being developed and will become part of the mandatory basic training curriculum six months after being shared with Missouri's 20 law enforcement basic training academies.





December 16, 2020

 

NEMO MAN FACES MULTIPLE FELONY CHARGES AFTER ATTACKING HIS GIRLFRIEND

 

A northeast Missouri man is now facing 14 charges, mostly felonies, after police say he carried out multiple attacks on his pregnant girlfriend.

According to court documents, the incidents happened at a Kirksville apartment over a period of days in early July 2020.

Darian Mullin, 19, of Lancaster, Missouri, is charged with eight varying counts of domestic assault, three counts of armed criminal action, one count of unlawful use of a weapon and two counts of harassment.

The victim told Kirksville police that, over a series of days, Mullin held a knife to her throat, banged her head against a wall, choked her, punched her multiple times, kicked her in the knee, threw a knife at her and threatened to kill her.

The investigating officer said in her report that the victim had multiple bruises on her arms and legs when the woman came to the police department to report the crimes.

Online court records state Mullin is on medical furlough.

He was released from custody on December 10, 2020, to travel to Preferred Family Healthcare in Kirksville for treatment.

The judge ordered him to return to the custody of the Schuyler County Sheriff's Office immediately after being discharged from Preferred Family.

Mullin has an extensive criminal history and faces multiple charges in multiple other cases, according to online court records.

 

MISSOURI LAWMAKER UNDER INVESTIGATION AFTER ABUSE ALLEGATIONS

 

The Missouri House will investigate an incoming lawmaker accused of sexually and physically abusing his children years ago.
Republican House leaders in a joint statement Monday said the Ethics Committee will investigate Rick Roeber when the Legislature convenes in January.
Roeber didn't immediately return an Associated Press request for comment Monday.
Voters in suburban Kansas City elected Roeber in November.
His adult children in a letter to House leadership wrote that he sexually and physically abused them when they were young.
They asked the House's next presumptive speaker not to let Roeber serve.
Republicans banned him from their caucus.

 




December 15, 2020

 

MISSOURI CASTS ITS ELECTORAL VOTES

 

Missouri's presidential electors have cast all 10 of the state's votes for Republican President Donald Trump as all 50 states electoral votes were cast Monday.
The Electoral College members met Monday at the state Capitol for a brief ceremony to formally write their votes on paper ballots.
Trump easily carried Missouri with nearly 57% of the vote in the Nov. 3 presidential election.
 Democrat Joe Biden, however, carried 306 electoral votes, cementing him as the President-Elect.
Missouri's electors were chosen earlier this year by a vote of Republican Party members.

 

MOUNT VERNON MAN HARVESTS MISSOURI’S FIRST ELK         

 

Missouri's first elk was harvested in the state's first elk-hunting season in modern history according to the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Joe Benthall, of Mount Vernon, harvested a 2.5-year-old bull elk on Saturday near Ellington.

This was Benthall's first-time elk hunting.

5 Missourians received permits in a drawing of over 19,000 permit applications.

The elk firearms season runs through Dec. 20.

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, elk are a native species in Missouri but were hunted to extinction in the state in the late 1800s.

In 2011, an effort was begun to reintroduce about 100 elk to a remote area of southeast Missouri. The population now numbers more than 200 and is concentrated in Shannon, Carter, and Reynolds counties.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

On Sunday, December 13 at approximately 2:15PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1600 block of N Clark Street in reference to a disturbance where one person was hit by a vehicle.  Responding personnel found that this had been part of an ongoing dispute involving several people and several locations, both inside and outside of Mexico.  It was determined that as 35 year old Brent L Sampson of Mexico, was leaving the 1600 block of N Clark, he struck a 29 year-old Mexico man who had just arrived on scene.  Sampson left the area but later contacted MPSD at a different location. 

 

Sampson was arrested and taken to the Audrain County Jail for Assault 2nd degree.  The Audrain Ambulance District took the 29 year-old man to SSM-Audrain where he was admitted for treatment of his injuries.

 




December 14, 2020

 

MISSOURI HEALTH DEPARTMENT DIRECTOR EXPECTS VACCINATIONS TO START THURSDAY

 

Missouri expects to receive more than 220,000 doses of coronavirus vaccines by around Christmas, and the first vaccinations could begin by next Thursday if federal authorization for emergency use is granted. Gov. Mike Parson's office said Friday that Missouri should receive an initial shipment of 51,675 doses of the Pfizer vaccine early next week.

It will be administered first to health care workers. Meanwhile, state health department director Randall Williams says that if all goes according to plan, vaccinations should begin Thursday.

The following week, Missouri expects to receive an additional 63,675 doses from Pfizer and 105,300 doses of the Moderna vaccine, also pending authorization.

 

CHANGE THE NUMBERS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

 

While this holiday season may be different from years past, a lot of those smaller, socially distanced gatherings will still most likely include alcoholic beverages. The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety wants to remind those who plan to celebrate to designate a sober driver or call a ride to avoid driving impaired. Statewide, law enforcement will be on the lookout for substance-impaired drivers; with targeted enforcement efforts Dec. 13, 2020, to Jan. 1, 2021.         

There were 51 people killed and 261 seriously injured in Missouri traffic crashes between Dec. 10, 2019, and Jan. 1, 2020. Twelve of the fatalities and 40 of the serious injuries involved a substance-impaired driver. That equates to potentially over 300 families whose lives were changed in an instant during what should be the most wonderful time of the year. It’s time to change the numbers.

What’s tragic about these crashes is that they are clearly preventable. Substance-impaired driving is a crime, not an “accident,” and is one of America’s most often committed and deadliest crimes. There are no excuses for driving impaired. The facts are known - drinking and driving, or drug use - both over-the-counter and illegal, can be a lethal combination. The consequences are fines, jail time or even death. Officers will be out in full force this holiday season. If you choose to drive impaired, you will be arrested.

 

 

 




Weekend Report- December 12-13, 2020

 

WOMAN INJURED IN LINCOLN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Troy woman was injured in an accident that occurred at 11:15am Saturday in Lincoln County.  60 year old Catherine Robertson was on Highway D when she lost control of her truck, causing it to travel off the left side of the roadway and strike a tree.  She was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A St. Louis driver was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck early Saturday morning in Jefferson County.  The patrol says that 49 year old Sandra Sestan was on Old Highway M when her vehicle began to slide on the wet pavement, ran off the left side of the road, struck a rock embankment and a bluff before returning to the roadway and then it went off the right side of the road and overturned.  She was taken to Mercy Hospital South with serious injuries.

 

MAN HURT IN FRIDAY NIGHT CRASH

 

An O’Fallon man was hurt in a Friday night crash in St. Charles County.  27 year old Marquis Walls was westbound on I-70 when his car traveled off the left side of the roadway and overturned.  He was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.

 




December 10, 2020

 

MISSOURI REPORTS LOWER COVID-19 DEATH NUMBERS WEDNESDAY, PANDEMIC STILL STRESSING HOSPITALS

 

The coronavirus has claimed another 28 lives in Missouri.
The state health department on Wednesday cited the additional deaths that bring the total since the start of the pandemic to 4,383.
The state also announced 2,640 additional confirmed cases.
The state has reported 330,846 confirmed cases since the onset of the pandemic.
Hospital capacity continues to be a concern.
The state said intensive care unit bed space is at 19% statewide.
ICU space is at 6% in southwestern Missouri.
The statewide positivity rate of 19.1% is down slightly from last week but still nearly four times higher than the 5% benchmark set by the World Health Organization.

 

MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL RELEASES THANKSGIVING WEEKEND REPORT

 

Recently, the Missouri State Highway Patrol released its crash report from the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

From Wednesday, November 25 to Sunday, November 29, troopers reported 321 crashes, 72 injuries, 9 deaths, 100 DWI’s and 78 drug arrests.

As expected this year, due to the pandemic, these numbers were slightly lower than those in 2019.

If you plan to travel anywhere for Christmas, the Highway Patrol has some tips.

"Just make safety a part of your plans," said MSHP Lieutenant Eric Brown. "If you are going to be travelling short distances, long distances, be prepared. Check the weather conditions, know what you are going to be facing on your trip, obey the traffic laws. If you make safety a part of your trip, you obey the laws, you wear your seatbelt, designate a sober driver, then you should have a safe and happy trip."

The Missouri State Highway Patrol advises to be an attentive and courteous driver, obey all traffic laws and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.

 

CORONAVIRUS FORCES CHANGES TO MISSOURI OFFICIALS INAUGURATION

 

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing changes in next month's inauguration of Missouri Gov. Mike Parson and swearing-in ceremonies for state officials.
Parson's office said the traditional inaugural ball and parade will be postponed to August, when they will be held in conjunction with the state's 200th birthday observance.
The governor, along with other statewide officeholders, will be sworn in Jan. 11 on the steps outside the state Capitol.
The 163 members of the House are expected to be sworn into office in groups on Jan. 6, rather than having all of them and their families in the chamber at the same time.

 

 

 




December 9, 2020

 

MISSOURI CERTIFIES ELECTION RESULTS

 

Missouri officials have certified this year's election results showing that President Donald Trump easily won the state's 10 electoral votes over Democrat Joseph Biden.

The State Board of Canvassers said Tuesday that Trump won 56% of the vote to Biden's 41%, with the remainder going to lesser-known candidates.

The board said 70% of the state's registered voters cast a ballot, compared to a 66% turnout for the 2016 election.

The board also certified that Republican Gov. Mike Parson easily defeated Democratic challenger Nicole Galloway by a margin of 57% to 40%.

All states must officially certify election results before the Electoral College meets on Dec. 14.

 

CIRCUIT JUDGE RULES LAWS USED TO THWART PETITION UNCONSTITUTIONAL

 

A circuit court judge has ruled that laws used by Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft last year to thwart a referendum petition on abortion restrictions are unconstitutional.  Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem ruled that Ashcroft did not give opponents of a restrictive Missouri abortion law enough time to collect signatures to get a referendum on the ballot.  While the ruling grew out of efforts to overturn a Missouri law that banned abortion after eight weeks, Beetem's ruling, issued Friday, pertains to all referendum petitions in the future.  Ashcroft's spokeswoman said Monday that the office is reviewing the decision.

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER TO CLOSE STATE OFFICES CHRISTMAS EVE

 

Governor Mike Parson shared some good news for state employees: He signed an executive order closing state offices on Christmas Eve.

Governor Parson posted to Facebook on Monday to announce that he signed Executive Order 20-20 closing state offices of the executive branch under the purview of the Governor on Thursday, December 24, 2020.

"It has been a challenging year for the state of Missouri, but we are so thankful for our state team members," Parson said. "While we can never thank them enough for their hard work, this is one small way we can show our appreciation."

Parson finished his post by wishing everyone a Merry Christmas shared with loved ones and a little peace from everything going on in the world.

"This Christmas, may we all take time to rejoice with loved ones and reflect on the blessings we have in our lives. Teresa and I wish everyone peace, health, and happiness throughout the coming year," Parson said. "From our family to yours, merry Christmas and happy New Year!"

 




December 8, 2020

 

CHILDREN’S HOSPITALS IN ST. LOUIS BEGIN TREATING ADULTS AS MISSOURI COVID-19 CASES CONTINUE TO RISE

 

St. Louis children's hospitals are now treating adult patients as area hospitals struggle to keep up with rising coronavirus cases.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports both St. Louis Children's Hospital and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital have opened their doors to adults.
The newspaper reports St. Louis has also reopened a temporary morgue.
Meanwhile, the St. Louis County health department shut down a fifth business for serving customers inside.
The Post-Dispatch reports the agency suspended Whalen's Bar's license for violating a public health order limiting indoor dining.

 

SUBURBAN ST. LOUIS POLICE OFFICER DIES AFTER BEING STRUCK BY ANOTHER PATROL CAR

 

A suburban St. Louis police officer died Saturday after he was struck by a patrol car from another police department during a traffic stop.
Moline Acres police Chief Col. Gregory Moore told KTVI television that one of his officers died Saturday after he was struck by a Bellefontaine Neighbors patrol car that had arrived to help in the traffic stop early Saturday morning.
The Pagedale police department said in a Facebook post that the officer who died was Sgt. Herschel Turner, who had previously worked for the Pagedale department.
A Missouri State Highway Patrol report identified the 54-year-old Turner as the victim.

 

CITY OF COLUMBIA ANNOUNCES 49 ADDITIONAL BUSINESSES TO RECEIVE CARES ACT GRANTS

 

The City of Columbia Housing Programs Division (HPD) announced 49 additional businesses throughout Columbia and Boone County will be supported through Boone County CARES Act funding.  Each locally owned small business will be awarded $10,000 in grant funding to help sustain operations resulting from negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The hard work of the HPD and ability to go beyond their normal daily job duties is helping our community assist 49 eligible businesses and ensure $490,000 of federal assistance stays within our local economy. 

The division received an overwhelming response of interest in the program due to the help of many local partners’ outreach including the Columbia NAACP, Minority Men's Network, Boone County, Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Regional Economic Development Inc. (REDI), Centralia Chamber of Commerce, Rocheport Area Merchants Association, Southern Boone County Chamber of Commerce, City of Hallsville, City of Ashland, City of Centralia and the Boone County Office of Emergency Management. 

Throughout 2020 the Housing Programs Division will have allocated over $1.1 million in assistance to locally owned small businesses. Funds disbursed in 2020 will help 128 businesses maintain operations throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic, affecting over 400 jobs supported by locally owned small businesses. Over 70 of the 128 businesses assisted in 2020 are minority or women owned businesses. 

HPD will maintain a waitlist of eligible businesses unable to be served this round, for future potential funding opportunities.

For more information, please contact Randy Cole at 573.874.6321 or Randall.Cole@CoMo.gov.

 

 

 




December 7, 2020

 

MISSOURI’S AVERAGE CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS CONTINUE TO RISE

 

The average number of virus cases Missouri reports each day is on the rise again after declining for more than two weeks.

The seven-day rolling average of new cases in the state had been declining since late November before starting to move back up late last week.

That rolling average fell from a high of 4,723 on Nov. 20 to 3,158 on Thursday, but it increased to 3,269 on Friday and hit 3,669 on Saturday.

That increase in the rolling average reflects the large number of cases reported this weekend.

The state reported 5,001 virus cases on Saturday and another 3,876 cases on Sunday.

 

MISSOURI HEALTH DIRECTOR SAYS THE STATE HOPES TO VACCINATE ALL HOSPITAL WORKERS BY THE END OF THE YEAR

 

Missouri's health director says the state should be able to vaccinate all hospital workers and nursing home staff and residents against the coronavirus by the end of the year.

Randall Williams on Friday told reporters that Missouri is expecting to get close to 340,000 doses of coronavirus vaccines this month.

Once the initial groups receive their first and second doses of the vaccine, Missouri plans to open vaccinations to teachers, essential workers and people at higher risk of getting seriously ill from the coronavirus.

Williams says he's hopeful anyone who wants a vaccine should be able to get one by July or August.

 

EASTERN MISSOURI MAN CHARGED IN THE 1986 DEATH OF EASTERN MISSOURI WOMAN

 

Authorities say a 59-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder in the 1986 death of an eastern Missouri woman.
Kenneth Avery Jr., of Villa Ridge, was charged Tuesday in the July 1986 death of Kristen Edwards, whose nude body was found in rural Franklin County.
The Washington Missourian reported court documents say an eyewitness told investigators Avery killed Edwards in a cabin near Leslie.
Avery is being held on $500,000 cash only bond.
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said Thursday Avery's arrest was the first case involving a new cold case unit that he has formed.

 




Weekend Report- December 5-6, 2020

 

COLUMBIA TEEN HURT IN AUDRAIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Columbia teen was hurt in an accident that occurred at 7pm Saturday in Audrain County.  The patrol says that 17 year old RaeLynn Thompson was a passenger in a vehicle driven by an unknown 16 year old boy from Columbia.  They were on MO 15 when it traveled off the right side of the roadway, he overcorrected, causing it to travel across and off the left side of the road, collided with a fence and overturned.  She was taken to SSM Health in Mexico for treatment of minor injuries.

 

MAN INJURED IN FRIDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

 

A man was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Friday afternoon in Warren County.  53 year old Gary Redwine of Gasconade, MO was on Highway 47 and driving too fast for conditions when his car ran off the right side of the road and overturned, ejecting him from it.  He sustained moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment.

 

TEEN HURT IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY CRASH

 

A Defiance teen was hurt in a Friday afternoon crash in St. Charles County.  The report states that 17 year old Kyle Cochran was on Highway DD and following another vehicle too closely when he applied the brakes and began skidding, causing his truck to travel off the east side of the road and strike a ditch.  He was taken to Progress West Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 




December 4, 2020

 

MISSOURI ANNOUNCES PLANS TO BRING IN HEALTH CARE WORKERS FROM OTHER STATES

 

The state of Missouri plans to bring in hundreds of health care workers from other states to help care for an increasing number of COVID-19 patients.
Gov. Mike Parson and Herb Kuhn, president and CEO of the Missouri Hospital Association announced Wednesday the state will partner with Vizient, a national health care company, to bring in up to 760 more health care workers.
Kuhn said the announcement comes as early indicators about travel during Thanksgiving week in Missouri raised concerns about a potential increase in COVID-19 cases, even as hospitals in the state are dealing with a continuing surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations.

 

MISSOURI INMATE CONVICTED OF VIDEOTAPING TORTURE AND MURDERS HAS DIED

 

A Missouri inmate who was convicted of killing two women in 2006 after videotaping their torture and murders has died. The Missouri Department of Corrections said 56-year-old Richard Davis died Tuesday.
Davis was sent to death row after being convicted of 32 felonies, including first-degree murder.
Corrections officials say he died of natural causes.
Davis was being held at the Potosi Correctional Center and was hospitalized for more than two weeks before his death.
Prosecutors said Davis and his then-girlfriend, Dena Riley, tortured and killed Marsha Spicer and Michelle Huff-Ricci to fulfill Davis' fantasies.
Riley is serving several life sentences.

 

FEDERAL JUDGE DISMISSES CHARGES AGAINST TOURIST BOAT EMPLOYEES

 

A federal judge has dismissed neglect and misconduct charges against three employees of a tourist boat that sank on a Missouri lake in 2018, killing 17 people.
U.S. District Judge Doug Harpool filed an order Wednesday upholding a recommendation made in September.
The boat captain, the general manager of the boat's operator, and the manager on duty that day were charged with neglect and misconduct after the amphibious vehicle sank during a storm on Table Rock Lake near Branson.
The captain also was charged with failure to properly assess the weather and not telling passengers to use flotation devices.
Riders from Missouri, Indiana, Illinois and Arkansas were killed.

 




December 3, 2020

 

PAVEMENT REPAIRS PLANNED TO TAKE PLACE AT NIGHT ON I-70 IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, Dec. 8-11, MoDOT crews will be working on Interstate 70 in Montgomery County. Traffic will be down to one lane between MM 176 and MM 178 between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. each day. There will be 10 ft. width restriction in place while the work is completed.

Please use caution if you will be traveling through this area. Remember to obey all work zone signs and personnel, and put down your cell phone to help eliminate distractions.

This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

MISSOURI LAWMAKERS GIVE INITIAL APPROVAL TO $1.2 BILLION CORONAVIRUS AID PACKAGE

 

Missouri lawmakers are back at work after several tested positive for the coronavirus, which delayed a special session.
Senators on Tuesday gave initial approval to a $1.2 billion coronavirus aid package.
They also were scheduled to start debate on a new law that would prevent lawsuits against health care workers for disregarding the safety of others during the coronavirus emergency.
The proposal also would block some lawsuits against businesses that make faulty masks and other supplies to help with the pandemic as long as they don't intentionally make the products defective.

 

EASTERN MISSOURI MAN CHARGED WITH MURDERING HIS NEIGHBOR

 

Prosecutors have charged a 75-year-old eastern Missouri man with murder in the fatal beating of his neighbor.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Jefferson County prosecutors announced Tuesday that Dale Edwards, of Festus, has been charged with second-degree murder, assault and armed criminal action in the Sept. 17 attack on 68-year-old Michael Huffman.
Huffman died from his injuries on Oct. 3.
Police say that before his death, Huffman told investigators that he and Edwards argued after Edwards accused Huffman of taking photos of Edwards' house.
Prosecutors say Edwards hit Huffman first with a walking stick, then hit him repeatedly with a metal pipe.

 

 




December 2, 2020

 

TRIAL SET FOR MISSOURI MAN ACCUSED OF KEEPING HIS WIFE’S BODY IN FREEZER

 

A Missouri man accused of keeping his wife's body in the freezer for years will go on trial next November.
Larry Dinwiddie, of Marshfield, is charged with killing his wife in 2015 and hiding her body in the freezer.
During a hearing Monday, Dinwiddie's trial was scheduled for Nov. 29, 2021.
He is charged with second-degree murder, abandoning a corpse and armed criminal action.
Investigators say they found the body of his wife, Cynthia, locked in a freezer in an abandoned storage unit in November 2019.
Investigators have said her death was caused by domestic abuse.
She was never reported missing.

 

AGING ROAD USER CAMPAIGN RUNS DEC. 7 THRU 11

 

Getting older does not necessarily mean a person's driving days are over. But it’s important to plan ahead and take steps to ensure the safety of your loved ones on the road. If they are no longer able to drive safely, you can guide them toward transportation options that meet their mobility needs.

The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety will run an awareness campaign Dec. 7-11 to remind road users about safely driving at an older age.

 

“Talking to an aging parent about safety on the road is no simple task,” said Jon Nelson, executive coalition chair. “Thankfully there are steps you can take to preserve their mobility, while looking out for everyone’s best interest on the road,” he said.

 

If you think you need to have a conversation with an older driver about his or her driving abilities, remember that many older drivers look at driving as a form of independence. Bringing up the subject of their driving abilities can make some drivers defensive. So be prepared with your observations and questions and suggest alternative transportation options if necessary. 

Answering the following questions may help you decide if you need to initiate a conversation with an older driver about driving safely:

 

  • Are they getting lost on routes that should be familiar?
  • Have you noticed new dents or scratches on the vehicle?
  • Have they received a ticket for a driving violation?
  • Have they experienced a near-miss or crash recently?
  • Have they been advised to limit/stop driving due to a health reason?
  • Are they overwhelmed by road signs and markings while driving?
  • Are they taking any medication that might affect driving?
  • Have they received a ticket for impaired driving?
  • Have you noticed them speeding or driving too slowly for no reason?
  • Are they suffering from any illnesses that may affect driving skills? 

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, be prepared to take steps appropriate to the situation, which might include talking with your loved one about safe driving and/or ceasing driving.

 

 




December 1, 2020

 

ST. LOUIS COUNTY IN CRISIS MODE AS COVID-19 CASES CONTINUE TO RISE

 

St. Louis County Executive Sam Page says the county is in crisis mode as COVID-19 cases continues to rise and hospitals strain to treat patients.
During a briefing Monday, Page repeated earlier warnings that the area's hospitals could run out of intensive care beds sometime this week.
He also said the National Guard could be called in to help hospitals deal with the overload of patients.
On Sunday, area hospitals said they were using 77% of the total staffed beds and 89% of their intensive care beds.
Page said the region will be severely tested during the next few weeks and urged residents to follow safety protocols.

 

PATROL REPORTS 10 FATALITIES OVER 2020 THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY WEEKEND

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports 10 people died in traffic crashes during this year’s Thanksgiving holiday counting period--from 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 25, 2020, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, November 29, 2020. 

During the Thanksgiving holiday counting period, troopers report the following traffic statistics for 2020 (preliminary):

Crashes  321
Injuries  72
Fatalities  9
DWI ─ 100
Drug Arrests ─ 78

[During the 2019 Thanksgiving holiday counting period, troopers investigated 404 traffic crashes, which included seven fatalities and 166 injuries. Statewide, 11 people died and 634 people were injured in 1,594 traffic crashes over last year’s Thanksgiving holiday. Troopers arrested 94 people for driving while intoxicated and made 63 drug arrests during the 2019 Thanksgiving holiday counting period.] 

 

MISSOURI HIGHWAY PATROL SERGEANT ERIC BROWN PROMOTED TO LIEUTENANT

 

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, announced the following promotion effective December 1, 2020:

Sergeant Eric F. Brown, public information and education officer assigned to Troop B, Macon, Mo., is being promoted to lieutenant and designated assistant director of the Public Information and Education Division, General Headquarters, Jefferson City.

Brown was appointed to the Patrol on January 18, 2004, as a member of the 82nd Recruit Class. Upon completing his training at the Patrol’s Law Enforcement Academy, he was assigned to Troop C, Zone 1, St. Louis County. In 2006, he transferred to Troop B, Zone 2, Macon and Shelby counties. He was promoted to corporal on January 1, 2013, and designated assistant zone supervisor of Zone 5, Adair and Schuyler counties. On April 20, 2014, he transferred back to Zone 2, Macon and Shelby counties and was designated assistant zone supervisor. On October 1, 2015, he was promoted to sergeant and designated zone supervisor of Zone 3, Chariton and Linn counties. He transferred to Troop B Headquarters and was designated public information and education officer for the troop on February 5, 2017.

 




November 30, 2020

 

MISSING KIRKSVILLE WOMAN FOUND AND ARRESTED IN MISSISSIPPI

 

A Kirksville woman reported missing earlier this month was found in Laurel, Mississippi over the weekend.

According to the Jones County Sheriff's Department in Mississippi, the woman, Amanda Thompson, 36, was taken into custody on Saturday, November 28.

She was the passenger in a Chrysler Town and Country van that was reported stolen out of Missouri.

Thompson was apprehended at the scene of a traffic stop in Jones County, Mississippi.

During that traffic stop, the driver of the van, Kolton Pearson, 36, of Kirksville, fled from authorities on foot.

He was captured by police in a neighboring Mississippi county late Saturday night and was transferred back to Jones County.

Pearson has been charged with possession of stolen property.

Both Pearson and Thompson have warrants out of Missouri, with extradition requested.

 

MDC REPORTS FIREARMS SEASON HARVEST NUMBERS

 

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) reports that deer hunters harvested 176,604 deer throughout firearms season.

Of those harvested, 95,654 were antlered bucks, 16,045 were button bucks and 64,905 were does.

 

Across Missouri, numbers from this year are slightly down from last year because in 2019 nearly 180,000 deer were harvested.

Of those harvested in 2019, 91,917 were antlered bucks, 17,330 were button bucks and 70,713 were does.

There were also three firearms-related hunting incidents through deer firearms season, however all were non-fatal and self-inflicted.

 

 

 




November 25, 2020

 

MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL URGES ANYONE TRAVELING FOR THANKSGIVING TO DO SO SAFELY

 

Thanksgiving this year will look very different for many due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite the urging of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) still believes there will be an increase in travelers this week.

Therefore, if your family is still planning a road trip, it is important to remember to be a courteous and attentive driver over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Sergeant Eric Brown provided more advice on how to travel safely this holiday.

 

"Just make safety a part of your plans," Brown said. "If you are going to be travelling short distances, long distances, be prepared. Check the weather conditions, know what you are going to be facing on your trip, obey the traffic laws. If you make safety a part of your trip, you obey the laws, you wear your seatbelt, designate a sober driver, then you should have a safe and happy trip."

 

According to Brown, the day before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after are typically when the patrol sees the largest increase in travelers.

Over the Thanksgiving Holiday in 2019, Missouri state troopers responded to 1,594 crashes that resulted in 11 deaths and 634 injuries.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol advises you to drive safely this holiday, obey all traffic laws and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.

 

KIRKSVILLE POLICE CONTINUE SEARCH FOR MISSING WOMAN

The Kirksville Police Department is attempting to locate a woman who has been reported missing by her mother, Peggy Phipps.

The missing woman is Amanda L. Thompson of Kirksville. She has not been seen for almost a week.

She is a white female, 36 years old, 5’1” tall, weighing 150 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

Thompson has her ears, tongue and abdomen pierced, and she has a black heart tattoo on her upper back and a tattoo of a heart with “Troy” on her lower back.

Thompson was last seen by her mother on Wednesday, November 11, 2020.

Phipps told KTVO she received a phone call from Thompson's cell phone around 5 p.m. on November 23, 2020, but Phipps was unable to make out what was being said on the other end of the line because it was a whisper, then the call ended.

Thompson may be driving a green 2005 Chrysler Town & Country van with Missouri license TC2-C3F, and she may be in the company of Colt Pierce.

Anyone with information about this incident, or any suspicious activity is encouraged to contact the Kirksville Police Department at 660-785-6945, Central Dispatch at 660-665-5621, Adair County Sheriff’s Office at 660-665-4600, anonymously at 660-627-BUST (2878), or email police@kirksvillecity.com.

 

 




November 24, 2020

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT REPORT

 

On Saturday, November 21 at about 10:50PM CST officers with the Las Vegas, NV Police Department stopped a vehicle occupied by Timothy S Midgyett, Jr.  Midgyett was arrested without incident on the outstanding warrant for the June 27th murder of Chance Davis.  The arrest warrant of Midgyett was the last outstanding warrant for Davis' murder.  On July 31st, Quincy, IL police arrested Deyton L Curtis-Fisher.  On October 8th, the US Marshals arrested Sadiq J Moore in Columbia, MO.  The Mexico Public Safety Department has been working with numerous agencies since the warrants were issued on July 20th, in order to get Curtis-Fisher, Moore, and Midgyett into custody.  Information from cooperative citizens and efforts from these three agencies and others, including the Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney's Office and the Boone County Sheriff's Office led to these arrests. 

 

HOSPITAL BEDS CONTINUE TO FILL UP IN MISSOURI

 

Hospital beds across Missouri are nearly four-fifths full, and capacity is even more limited in intensive care units as the coronavirus pandemic continues its autumn surge.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services on Monday cited 2,805 hospitalizations statewide -- double the number from a month ago.
The state's COVID-19 dashboard notes that just 21% of capacity remains at hospitals, and ICU capacity is down to 17%.
Bed capacity is at 13% in northwest Missouri, 17% in the St. Louis region and 19% in Kansas City.
ICU capacity is at 13% in the southwestern part of the state and in St. Louis.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE RESPOND TO MULTIPLE RESTAURANT BURGLARIES

 

Between Nov. 20-22, Columbia police officers have responded to reports of approximately 10 incidents across the city where several restaurants have been burglarized. 

While investigating these incidents separately, officers discovered that a 16 year-old juvenile suspect was involved with at least two of the burglaries. 

The suspect was seen on camera throwing a large rock through the front window of one of the businesses. The suspect went inside and took an undisclosed amount of money.

The juvenile has been detained for the charges of second degree burglary, felony resisting arrest, first degree property damage and a misdemeanor stealing in connection with burglaries at Agave Mexican Restaurant, 901 Safari, Suite 101, and at Tortilleria El Patron, 711 Vandiver Dr.

At this time there is no evidence that connects the juvenile to the other burglaries. The remaining burglaries are still under investigation.

If you saw something or know something, say something. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

 




November 23, 2020

 

OFFICIALS CONSIDER ESTABLISHING FIELD HOSPITAL AS MISSOURI CORONAVIRUS CASES RISE

 

Officials are discussing canceling all but the most urgent medical procedures and building a field hospital as the coronavirus surges in Missouri.

Dr. Alex Garza, the chief of the St. Louis Metropolitan Pandemic Task Force, said on Friday that projections show the region's hospitals maxing out intensive care units in a matter of days, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Garza said the task force is working with the state to determine what assistance will be necessary.

Springfield area hospitals also report being overwhelmed.

As of Saturday, the state health department reported that there have been 25,480 new coronavirus cases in the past week or 3,640 new cases daily on average.

 

TRIAL DELAYED FOR WOMAN CHARGED WITH MURDER AFTER AUGUST CRASH

 

Next month's trial for a Quincy woman charged with murder after a car crash that killed four people has been delayed to next year.

The (Quincy) Herald-Whig reports Natasha McBride briefly appeared in Adams County Circuit Court last week.

McBride's attorney Todd Nelson says they weren't ready for a December trial.

It's now been placed on the March jury trial docket. The 36-year-old woman faces four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of four people, including three young boys from Kirksville.

Authorities allege she ignored a traffic light in August while driving at a high rate of speed and hit another car.

She continues to be held in the Adams County Jail on $5 million bond.

 

 

 




Weekend Report- November 21-22, 2020

 

WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A woman was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 10pm Saturday in Callaway County.  The patrol says that 27 year old Sunshine Tomlinson of Seward, NE was eastbound on I-70 when her car hydroplaned, traveled off the left side of the roadway, she overcorrected, causing it to travel off the right side of the road, struck the ground and overturned.  She was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

MAN INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

 

A Barnett man was injured in a motorcycle crash Friday morning in Miller County.  40 year old Brandon Zimmerman was on Route W when his motorcycle ran off the right side of the road, overturned and ejected him from the motorcycle.  He was taken to Lake Regional Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT IN SATURDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

 

A driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday afternoon in Morgan County.  22 year old Autumn Vanegas of Stover, MO was on Victoria Drive when she failed to negotiate a curve, causing her vehicle to travel off the left side of the road, overturned before coming to rest on its drivers side.  She sustained minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Bothwell Hospital for treatment.

 




November 19, 2020

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT

 

On Tuesday at approximately 7:44am, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1000 block of E Love St. in reference to smoke coming from a garbage truck.  Responding personnel found a small fire in the load that had been collected and compacted.  The truck was off-loaded in the street and the fire was extinguished.  The company later returned and worked with MPSD to clear the roadway.  There were no injuries and no property damage from the incident. 

 

DIRECTOR OF MISSOURI EDUCATORS ASSOCCIATION DISAGREES WITH MISSOURI’S SCHOOL QUARANTINE GUIDANCE

 

After new school quarantine guidance was released last week from the state of Missouri, many people have had mixed reactions.

Under the new guidance, students, staff, and faculty do not have to quarantine if they have been in close contact with a person who has coronavirus if both the infected person and the person exposed wore masks. The school also has to have a mask mandate in place.

Those with the Missouri National Education Association said they don't believe this is a good strategy for schools.

Missouri NEA Communications Director Mark Jones, said they believe different mitigation strategies would much be safer.

"What we should be doing is providing adequate resources to our teachers and to our health care professionals," Jones said.

Jones said many educators are coming together to express their frustration through letters.

"They are writing to the Department of Education, they're writing to the governor, they're writing to their local school boards," Jones said.

He said, so far, it is hit or miss on whether school districts have chosen to adopt this guidance.

Jones said the hope is to show school districts that many people support higher health standards.

 

 

 




November 18, 2020

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR SAYS STATE IS READY FOR WHEN A VACCINE BECOMES AVAILABLE

 

As COVID-19 cases surge, there could be a light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to a vaccine for the virus.

Pfizer and Moderna appear to be on track to have vaccines approved by the Food and Drug Administration on an emergency basis within weeks.

Both of those companies have released statements saying their vaccinations were more than 90% effective in the clinical trials.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson says many remain optimistic as doctors and scientists continue to make progress on a COVID-19 vaccine.

Parson adds he's proud that the Pfizer facility in Chesterfield, Missouri, is helping lead the way on a critically important global development.

 

"Missouri has been considered a leader in the area, and this will only continue when a vaccine becomes available. We submitted Missouri's COVID-19 vaccine plan to the CDC last month, and we are fully prepared to take action as soon as a vaccine becomes available."

 

Missouri's planning efforts are based upon CDC guidance to anticipate a phased availability of vaccines within the state.

Because of a likelihood of limited availability, Missouri's plan first focuses the initial doses toward reducing or stopping death and disability by reducing the stress on health care systems caring for affected patients. The state plans to collaborate with health care systems and pharmacy and community partners to vaccinate long-term care facility staff and other health care workers.

As the availability of the vaccine expands, vaccination efforts will then be aimed at residents most at risk, the elderly, and those with medical conditions placing them at higher risk for poor outcomes.

At the same time, efforts will be made to reach essential workers in schools and critical businesses.

As the availability increases even more, the plan's final phase will help ensure every Missourians who wants a vaccination is able to obtain one.

 

ST. LOUIS TEACHERS UNION AND STATEWIDE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION SAY THEY WOULD SUPPORT STATEWIDE MASK MANDATES

 

The union representing St. Louis teachers is calling for a statewide mask mandate, a proposal that also has the backing of Missouri's two largest teacher organizations.
The interim president of the American Federation of Teachers St. Louis Local 420, Ray Cummings, says it's time for Republican Gov. Mike Parson "to follow science and the advice of health care professionals" and issue a mask mandate.
Outside St. Louis, Missouri teachers are largely represented by either the Missouri National Education Association or the Missouri State Teachers Association.
Both said Tuesday that they would support a statewide mask mandate.

 

MISSOURI SUPREME COURT DECIDING ON PUBLIC LABOR UNION RESTRICTIONS

 

The Missouri Supreme Court is deciding whether new restrictions on public unions can be enacted.
Judges on Tuesday heard arguments in the case.
At issue is a 2018 law requiring public unions to get permission every year to deduct dues from workers' paychecks.
Public safety unions are exempt.
A judge last year sided with unions and blocked the law. But lawyers for the state appealed.
They say the law is constitutional and doesn't interfere with public workers' right to band together to negotiate.

 

 

 




November 17, 2020

 

MISSOURI LAWMAKERS POSTPONE WORK AFTER LEGISLATORS TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

 

Missouri lawmakers are postponing work on coronavirus aid funding after numerous legislators have been sickened by the virus.
Republican Senate leaders on Monday said they're delaying work until after Thanksgiving. Leaders have not yet specified how many senators and staffers have tested positive for COVID-19.
Republican Gov. Mike Parson called lawmakers back to the Capitol to give him the power to spend $1.1 billion in additional federal coronavirus aid.
He also asked lawmakers to give hospitals, schools and businesses immunity from being sued for misconduct related to how they've handled the pandemic.

 

AMEREN MISSOURI CONTINUES WORK ON SOLAR FACILITY IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

At the end of September, Ameren Missouri announced a goal to have net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 across all its operations.

With this goal, the company is also hoping to maintain the reliability and affordability that customers have come to expect.

With this large investment, Ameren Missouri is excited to announced plans for its largest solar facility.

“Bottom line—our transformative plan brings new, cleaner energy to all of our customers and targets the elimination of carbon emissions all while meeting our customers' energy needs now and into the future,” said Ameren Missouri Chairman and President Marty Lyons.

The solar facility will reside west of St. Louis in Montgomery County.

By the end of 2021, Ameren Missouri expects thousands of solar panels to be installed.

Ameren’s new solar facility was made possible due to the demand from its Community Solar program.

Since Ameren announced its goal to have net-zero carbon emissions, nearly 2,000 new customer subscriptions have been received for the program.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED REPORT SATURDAY NIGHT

 

At approximately 7 p.m. on Nov. 14, Columbia police responded to a report of shots fired in the 2000 block of Newton Dr.

Upon arrival, officers spoke to witnesses who reported hearing gunshots in the area. Officers located multiple shell casings and property damage to vehicles and residences nearby. 

There were no injuries reported on the scene. There is no suspect description available at this time. 

If you saw something or know something, say something. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

 

 




November 16, 2020

 

CORONAVIRUS CASES STEADILY RISE FOLLOWING SATURDAY’S RECORD SETTING TOTAL

 

The number of coronavirus cases continues to steadily increase across Missouri and hospitalizations remain at a high level.

The state reported 3,729 new virus cases Sunday for a total of 239,451 cases. This comes after the state set a new record for single day cases Saturday with 6,346.

The number of people hospitalized with the virus dipped Sunday to 2,447 from the previous day's record of 2,523, but hospitalizations have doubled in the past month and capacity is strained in parts of the state. Local health officials have urged Gov. Mike Parson to impose tougher restrictions to limit the spread of the virus, but he has resisted requiring masks and largely left it up to local officials to impose restrictions.

 

A.T. STILL UNIVERSITY GRADUATE ONE OF FIVE KILLED IN MILITARY HELICOPTER CRASH IN EGYPT

 

Five U.S. soldiers who died in a helicopter crash in Egypt last week have been identified.

One of the soldiers was a graduate of A.T. Still University in Kirksville.

The university says it's mourning the loss of Capt. Seth Vernon Vandekamp, DO, '17, from Katy, Texas.

Dr. Vandekamp, 31, was assigned to the Task Force Sinai Medical Company.

According to the U.S. Army, Vandekamp arrived in Egypt last month, on his first overseas assignment.

He joined the Army after graduating from A.T. Still University.

The helicopter crash happened Thursday, and the group was part of the multinational peacekeeping force operating there.

International authorities say the crash was caused by technical issues and involved a Black Hawk helicopter taking part in a supply mission.

The incident remains under investigation.

 




Weekend Report- November 14-15, 2020

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A New Florence man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 10:10pm Friday in Montgomery County.  The patrol says that 51 year old Rex Bethel was on MO 19 when his car traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck the concrete bridge railing and overturned.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

DRIVER KILLED, PASSENGER HURT IN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING WRECK

 

An Auxvasse driver was killed while his passenger was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck early Sunday morning in Callaway County.  61 year old Dennis Davis was on US 54 when his vehicle ran off the left side of the road, struck the ground and overturned, ejecting both the driver and his passenger from the vehicle.  Dennis Davis was pronounced dead at the scene while his passenger 50 year old John Meissert of Auxvasse was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of minor injuries.

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING CRASH

 

A man was seriously injured in an early Sunday morning crash in Morgan County.  32 year old Todd Coston of Stover, MO was on MO 5 when his truck traveled off the right side of the roadway, into a ditch and overturned.  He was taken to Lake Regional Hospital with serious injuries.

 




November 13, 2020

 

CULVERT WORK WILL TEMPORARILY IMPACT TRAFFIC ON MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE AA NEXT WEEK   

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT will be doing the following work in Montgomery County

All work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day.

 

Montgomery County Route AA - Nov. 17, road will be closed from Ganaway Road to Todd Road for culvert work. 

 

Montgomery County Route AA - Nov. 18, road will be closed from Montgomery County Route PP to Red Barn Road for culvert work. 

 

Motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times.

 

This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES NEW SCHOOL GUIDANCE

 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has announced new guidance aimed at keeping more kids, teachers and staff in school, even those who have been exposed to someone diagnosed with the coronavirus.
Currently, anyone in a K-12 setting who is directly exposed must quarantine for 14 days.
The new guidance does not require quarantining if both the infected person and the person exposed wore masks.
The change comes as the virus continues to surge, with Missouri reporting 4,603 new cases on Thursday, 16 new deaths and a record 2,248 people in hospitals.

 

 




November 12, 2020

 

MISSOURI PUBLIC SCHOOL ENROLLMENT DOWN AMID PANDEMIC

 

Enrollment in Missouri's public schools dropped 3.2% this school year as the education system grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.
State education officials say 872,470 students are enrolled in preschool through 12th grade in Missouri public schools this year, a drop of nearly 27,500 students.
A spokeswoman for the state education department says officials are trying to determine if the students who left are homeschooling, attending a private school that offers onsite learning, or have simply not enrolled yet
The enrollment drop was most pronounced in preschool and kindergarten, with a 31% decline in public preschool and a nearly 10% decrease in kindergarten.

 

MISSOURI’S ICU BEDS CONTINUE TO BECOME MORE SCARCE

 

As record numbers of patients with the coronavirus fill Missouri's hospitals, many are requiring specialized care in intensive care unit beds that are becoming increasingly scarce.
Data released by the state on Wednesday showed an additional 4,071 new coronavirus cases and 24 more deaths.
The state has reported 220,768 cases and 3,323 deaths since the pandemic began.
The state also cited a record 2,157 hospitalizations, 102 above the previous mark set Tuesday.
ICU capacity is down to 32% statewide, but just 28% in northwestern Missouri, 19% in the Kansas City area and just 2% in sparsely populated northeast Missouri.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT REPORT

 

On Wednesday at 1:21 pm, Mexico Public Safety officers were dispatched to the intersection of North Clark and Perry Street, regarding a traffic crash. On their arrival, officers found a damaged silver Honda Accord facing west on Perry. Officers also saw a damaged Chevrolet Equinox facing south in the front yard of 1412 North Clark. Adding to the scene was a broken utility pole and electrical lines in the roadway.

Officers spoke with the female victim, who reported being in the Honda and being pursued by the Chevrolet Equinox driven by 44 year old Kimmie Watts of Mexico. She reports being struck in the rear of her Honda repeatedly by Watts. She said when they arrived at Perry and Clark, Watts continued to ram the rear of her Honda and Watts pulled next to her and attempted to run her off the road, and crashed into the front of her vehicle. Watts lost control and collided with the utility pole and drove into the yard at 1412 North Clark.

After investigation, Watts is charged with Domestic Assault 3rd degree, Driving While Intoxicated, Careless and Imprudent Driving involving a crash, and Driving without a Valid License. Watts was booked and taken to Audrain County Sheriff’s Office.

 




November 11, 2020

 

MISSOURI STILL HAS AROUND $1 BILLION IN UNSPENT VIRUS AID FUNDS

 

Missouri has less than two months to spend roughly $1 billion in federal coronavirus aid and counties have to spend about $390 million in the same time frame.
State Budget Director Dan Haug on Monday outlined hundreds of millions of dollars in unspent funding that's set to expire this year.
Haug says the state plans to spend all the money still on the table. But counties are running out of time.

Counties have spent only $128 million of the $520 million available to them.
Several state lawmakers raised concerns that a huge amount of federal funding meant to help Missouri battle the pandemic isn't being spent.

 

JACKSON COUNTY REPORTS 28 COVID-19 CASES FROM ELECTION WORKERS

 

Twenty-eight employees of the election board in one of Missouri's largest counties are sick with the coronavirus.
A director believes they most likely got infected from voters, though local health officials aren't convinced.
The Jackson County Election Board's Republican director, Tammy Brown, said Tuesday that eight full-time and 20 part-time employees have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Most are doing well and recovering at home, but two part-time workers are hospitalized, including one in intensive care.
Brown says thousands of voters came into the offices to pick up absentee and mail-in ballots, vote, and to drop off ballots.
The employees also worked a drive-thru line for voters with the coronavirus and people in quarantine.

 

MISSOURI HUNTERS MAY HAVE TO DEAL WITH MORE THAN JUST CWD

 

Many hunters will be heading out to the fields starting November 14 to search for deer.

As KTVO has reported, if hunters harvest deer in a county that is part of the CWD Management Zone, they are asked to have it sampled for the disease.

However, Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) may not be the only disease that hunters would want deer to be sampled for.

Hemorrhagic disease (HD) is caused by a naturally occurring virus spread by midge flies during the summer and fall and ends when cold weather kills the flies.

So, how are deer tested for this disease?

"For hemorrhagic disease, what we do is pull tissue from the spleen or the lungs," MDC Deer Biologist Kevyn Wiskirchen. "Those are the two tissues that we would send off to a lab to test for the hemorrhagic disease virus. So, you can test for it, if the carcass is found shortly after death, so if it is relatively fresh we can test for the disease."

Unlike CWD, HD is not directly contagious between infected deer.

Just like with deer who test positive for CWD, it is best that people do not consume meat from a deer infected by this disease.

 




November 10, 2020

 

CORONAVIRUS CASES CONTINUE TO RISE IN MISSOURI AS HOSPITALS ARE STRESSED

 

COVID-19 cases are growing in Missouri, with 212,441 cases to date.

According to the state's COVID-19 dashboard, Missouri currently has a positivity rate of 19.5%.

Over 21,000 new cases have been reported over the past 7 days.

Governor Mike Parson said that while many of those infected with the virus have recovered, it's also important to remember those currently hospitalized.

"We are very thankful that the majority of Missourians with this virus have made full recoveries. But, there are many Missourians who are hospitalized on ventilators, or passed away. We do not take this lightly, and our thoughts and prayers are with these Missourians and their families. The bottom line is that COVID-19 is still here and it is serious."

The latest dashboard numbers show that over 2,000 Missourians are hospitalized because of the virus.

Nearly 470 of those patients are in intensive care units, with over 230 people on a ventilator.

Governor Parson says that right now, the amount of available hospital beds is stable, but that his administration is also looking at staffing numbers.

Parson says the state is focused on finding ways to help with staffing needs.

He says over 600 regulations have been waived, including many to help hospitals and health care providers with staff and other COVID-19 challenges.

Over $5 million has also been allocated to expand broadband for telehealth across the state as barriers have been removed to allow doctors to treat more patients through telemedicine. 

 

MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION IS ALLOWING LOCAL INPUT ON MRAP LAND SHARING

 

KTVO recently reported that the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is accepting applications for the Missouri Outdoor Recreational Access Program (MRAP) through Friday, November 13.

Through the MRAP program, landowners may open their properties to the public for a variety of outdoor activities.

However, KTVO wanted to know if the landowners get the final say on what may take place on their property.

MDC Media Specialist Robert Hemmelgarn explained the process.

"There's six categories for allowable activities," Hemmelgarn said. "And landowners can determine the type of public access and activity they want to allow on their property within the limits of those six categories. Those categories range from all-access hunting and fishing to just wildlife viewing."

MDC’s MRAP program has expanded thanks to a new $2.2 million grant received from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Landowners must commit three years if they are selected for the program.

 

 

 

 




November 9, 2020

 

COVID-19 CASES INCREASING

 

Most of the Health Departments in our area report new cases of COVID-19 over the weekend. Those include 7 new cases on Sunday in Sullivan County. In Adair County 5 new cases were reported Sunday after 16 new cases were reported on Saturday. On Sunday, Health Departments reported 4,131 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 statewide and three more deaths from the disease caused by the coronavirus. You’re reminded that free testing will be offered again today (Monday) in Adair County. The free clinic is coordinated by the Missouri National Guard and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and will take place from 8:00 AM to 1 PM at the NEMO Fairgrounds in Kirksville. This is just one of several testing opportunities scheduled. As of Friday, Randolph County had 310 active cases. Boone County reported 123 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services announced a number of community events in various counties across the state to promote widespread COVID-19 testing. Registration is now open for free COVID-19 testing in Callaway, Cole, Miller, Montgomery, Pettis and Randolph counties. The only requirement to register for an event is Missouri residency. You can register by calling the Missouri COVID-19 hotline at 877-435-8411.  Free COVID-19 testing from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will still be offered at various sites across the state on a weekly basis including the Columbia location on Mondays from 10 AM to 5 PM at Memorial Baptist Church, 1634 Paris Road in Columbia.

 

CHILLICOTHE WOMAN ARRESTED FOR DRUGS AND OTHER CHARGES

 

The patrol arrested 35 year old Nicole L. Henley of Chillicothe at 11:19 Friday morning in Grundy County on drug related charges. According to the report, Henley was charged with possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamines- a class D felony. She was also charged with driving while intoxicated – Drugs, operating a motor vehicle in a careless and imprudent manor resulted in an accident and operating a vehicle without providing financial responsibility. She was transported to the Grundy County Sheriff’s office and was later released.

 

 




Weekend Report- November 7-8, 2020

 

NEW CLIMBING LANES ON I-70 IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY OPEN TO TRAFFIC

 

Just in time for winter, the new climbing lanes on Interstate 70 in Montgomery County at Mineola Hill are completed and open to traffic.  A third lane has been added to both east and westbound I-70 near mile marker 170 at Danville, providing especially commercial vehicles a chance to get out of higher speed traffic while going up the steep grade hill.  “One of the primary purposes of this project is to enable traffic to flow more safely and efficiently,” explained Missouri Department of Transportation Project Director Brandi Baldwin.

The project was made possible by a federal Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant in combination with the replacement of the I-70 Missouri River Bridge at Rocheport in Boone and Cooper Counties.  Also included in the project is replacement of the overflow bridges over the Loutre River on I-70.  Construction on the new eastbound bridge will continue this winter, weather permitting, and is expected to be completed by next fall.

 

CULVERT WORK WILL TEMPORARILY IMPACT TRAFFIC ON MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE AA IN THE UPCOMING WEEKS

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT will be doing the following work in Montgomery County

All work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day.

 

Montgomery County Route AA - Nov. 17, road will be closed from Ganaway Road to Todd Road for culvert work. 

 

Montgomery County Route AA - Nov. 18, road will be closed from Montgomery County Route PP to Red Barn Road for culvert work. 

 

Motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times.

 

This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 




November 6, 2020

 

MISSOURI LAWMAKERS CONSIDER UP TO $1.2 BILLION IN CORONAVIRUS AID

 

Missouri lawmakers are back at work to make sure more than $1.1 billion in federal coronavirus aid gets where it needs to go throughout the state.
The special legislative session began Thursday.
Republican Gov. Mike Parson called lawmakers back to the Capitol to give his administration the authority to spend the federal funding.

He's also asking lawmakers to set aside $10 million in state funding to help pay for the Missouri National Guard to continue its work helping conduct COVID-19 testing.
In total, Parson is asking lawmakers to budget another $1.2 billion.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE RELEASE JUVENILE THAT WAS HELD AS SUSPECT IN MONDAY HOMICIDE

 

The Columbia Police Department is continuing to investigate the murder of Jermaine Spain. Detectives developed information last night indicating the 15-year-old juvenile who had been detained on this incident is no longer believed to be a suspect in this homicide. The juvenile was immediately released from the Robert L. Perry Juvenile Justice Center and is no longer facing criminal charges related to the homicide. Columbia police had detained the 15-year-old juvenile, of Columbia, for his involvement in the homicide that occurred at Cosmopolitan Recreation Area Park, 1615 W. Business Loop, on November 2. The juvenile was located and detained for the charges of second degree murder, armed criminal action and delivery/possession of a controlled substance and was in the custody of juvenile authorities.

At approximately 6 p.m. on Nov. 2, Columbia police responded to a report of shots fired and located a deceased adult male who has been identified as Jermaine Spain, 19, of Columbia.

During the investigation, officers were able to identify a second gunshot victim who received medical attention at a local hospital.

This is an ongoing investigation, and there are no further details to provide at this time. 

If you saw something or know something, say something. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 




November 5, 2020

 

EASTERN MISSOURI MAN CHARGED WITH FATALLY SHOOTING HIS WIFE

 

An eastern Missouri man has been charged with fatally shooting his wife of eight months during a weekend argument.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 31-year-old Aaron Guilliams, of St. Charles, is jailed on $500,000 bond on charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of 34-year-old Crystal Hanshew.
No attorney is listed for him in online court records. Court records say Guilliams told police that Hanshew struck him in the face while "flailing her arms."

He then retrieved a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol from a bedroom and pointed it at her, telling her he never should have married her.
The statement said Guilliams fired after his wife said he wouldn't pull the trigger.

 

MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND INSURANCE RELEASES HEALTH INSURANCE RATES FOR 2021

 

Missouri Insurance Director Chlora Lindley-Myers has announced the release of final health insurance rates for the individual market in 2021 for the State of Missouri.  

“This has been an extremely challenging year for the health insurance market in our state and across the country. Nevertheless, carriers in Missouri have accepted the challenge and increased their footprints in the state. We can say for the first time since 2016 that we expect Missourians in most counties in the state will have a choice between at least two – and as many as five different carriers offering individual plans in their area.”

Lindley-Myers notes that as in previous years, Missouri has at least one insurance company offering health plans in every county of the state. There are a total of 8 carriers offering individual market health plans in 2021 in the state. Health insurers in Missouri offer plans both on and off the exchange, and most health insurers offer a variety of health plans for Missourians to choose from. Consumers can access the department’s coverage map for more information on companies in their county.

Health carriers filed rates for 2021 facing unprecedented circumstances due to COVID-19. The final rates for individual plans reflect this unpredictability, with rate changes that varied, from an average decrease of 7.46% to an average increase of 13.6%.

Missourians can access the final rates and find more information about the rate review process on the department’s website at: https://insurance.mo.gov/industry/filings/healthrates/.

Open enrollment for the 2021 plan year began on November 1 and ends on December 15, 2020.

For more information and to utilize the Department’s shopping tool, visit the Department’s website at www.insurance.mo.gov or call the Insurance Consumer Hotline at 800-726-7390.

 




November 4, 2020

 

STATE ELECTION RESULTS

 

The Associated Press has called the race for Missouri Governor in favor of the Incumbent Republican Mike Parson.  Parson defeated Democratic opponent Nicole Galloway in the race. The Associated Press has also called the race for Missouri 6th District U.S. Representative in favor of the incumbent Republican Sam Graves.  Graves defeated Democratic challenger Gena Ross.

 

PSC SETS INTERVENTION DEADLINE IN AMEREN MISSOURI SOLAR GENERATING FACILITY CASE

 

Union Electric Company d/b/a Ameren Missouri has filed an application with the Missouri Public Service Commission seeking a certificate of convenience and necessity to construct, own, operate and maintain a solar generating facility in Montgomery County near New Florence, Missouri, to serve as the second program resource for its expanded Community Solar Program. According to the application, construction is anticipated to be completed and the project is anticipated to be in operation by October 2021.

Applications to intervene and participate in this case must be filed no later than November 20, 2020, with the Secretary of the Missouri Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 360, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102, or by using the Commission’s Electronic Filing and Information System (EFIS) at www.psc.mo.gov .

Individual citizens wishing to comment should contact either the Office of the Public Counsel (Governor Office Building, 200 Madison Street, Suite 650, P.O. Box 2230, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102-2230, telephone 1-866-922-2959, e-mail opcservice@opc.mo.gov) or the Public Service Commission Staff (P.O. Box 360, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102, telephone 1-800-392-4211, e-mail pscinfo@psc.mo.gov). The Office of the Public Counsel is a separate state agency that represents the general public in matters before the Commission.

Ameren Missouri serves approximately 1.28 million electric customers in Missouri.

 

 




November 3, 2020

 

MISSOURI HOSPITAL LEADERS REMAIN CONCERNED ABOUT CORONAVIRUS SPIKES

 

Missouri hospital leaders are raising alarms about bed capacity as coronavirus cases continue to spike, with some urging Gov. Mike Parson to issue a statewide mask mandate.
Meanwhile, an eastern Missouri eighth-grader died days after his COVID-19 diagnosis, the state's first child under age 14 to die since the onset of the pandemic.
Washington School District Superintendent Lori VanLeer said in a statement that 13-year-old Peyton Baumgarth died over the weekend, less than two weeks after he last attended classes.
The National Center for Health Statistics report for Oct. 28 cited just 80 deaths nationwide among children ages 14 or younger.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE ROBBERY AND ASSAULT

 

Columbia Police were dispatched to a report of a robbery and assault in the 1400 block of Ross St. on Nov. 1 at approximately 1:30 a.m. 

One victim reported that six or seven males were walking westbound on Ross Street. The victim also reported that one of the males threw something that broke a window of the residence the victim was visiting. The male who threw the object was described as a Black male, approximately 160 lbs and 5’10 with a "fade" style haircut. 

The victim reported that he began to take a video of the suspects with his phone but was approached and assaulted. The victim reported that the phone was stolen by the suspects. 

That was corroborated by another victim who was on the porch at the time of the incident. The second victim also reported that one of the suspects came onto the porch and assaulted him.  

Both victims reported that four of the suspects from the group left the area in a red sedan. There is no further description to provide. 

Medical attention was provided to the victims at the scene.  

This is an ongoing investigation. There are no further details to provide at this time. 

If you know something, say something. If anyone has any information, they are encouraged to contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or call CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

 

 

 

 

 




November 2, 2020

 

COVID-19 CASES CONTINUE TO RISE IN MISSOURI

 

Missouri's health department is reporting nearly 3,000 new coronavirus cases, along with a positivity rate that remains alarmingly high.

The dashboard for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services on Saturday shows 183,186 COVID-19 cases, a rise of 2,986 from Friday.

The death toll for the pandemic has reached 3,024. Missouri recorded the seventh most coronavirus deaths in the nation over the past seven days.

Missouri's positivity rate of 13.9% is nearly triple the benchmark set by the World Health Organization for reopening.

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson allowed the state to reopen in mid-June without statewide mask or social distancing requirements.

Several jurisdictions have implemented their own laws.

 

ASHCROFT REMINDS VOTERS OF POLLING PLACE RULES, OUTLINES ELECTION NIGHT REPORTING PROCESS

 

On the eve of the Nov. 3 general election, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft is reminding voters of polling place rules and outlining the Election Night Reporting process.

 

“With Missourians across the state set to cast their ballots tomorrow, we want to ensure voters know what they will encounter at their polling places,” Ashcroft said.

 

Missouri election law (115.637 RSMo.) prohibits wearing political apparel to the polls, including political masks, shirts, hats, buttons or any other apparel that advocates for a political candidate or issue. Similarly, the law prohibits any electioneering inside of a polling place or within 25 feet of one.

 

According to state statute (115.409 RSMo.), only voters and their children, poll workers and other election officials, and pre-approved poll watchers may be inside a polling place. State law (571.030.8 RSMo.) also prohibits firearms inside of polling places. Law enforcement officials, at the request of election authorities or in the line of duty, may be inside the polling place.

 

Voters are also prohibited (115.637.14 RSMo.) from sharing their ballot with others, which is why voters may not take photos inside their polling place.

 

“On Election Day, we urge voters to focus their political passion on their ballot instead of their apparel, and refrain from taking selfies or other photos in their polling place,” Ashcroft said.

 

Once all voters have cast their ballots, the office’s Election Night Reporting site will not be activated until each polling place has closed and all voters in late at 7 p.m. have cast a ballot. Unofficial results will continue to update throughout the night. Local election authorities may begin posting results prior to those results appearing on the Election Night Reporting site.

 

Election data such as the number of registered voters, the number of absentee/mail-in ballots cast and historical election data is available in the media toolkit provided at sos.mo.gov/mediatoolkit.

 

Polls across the state open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Voters in line at 7 p.m. are entitled to cast a ballot. Voters who encounter issues or have questions on Election Day are encouraged to contact their local election authority or call the Secretary of State’s office at 800-669-8683.

 




October 30, 2020

 

NEXT STEPS FOR MISSOURI ROUTE 19 BRIDGE REPLACEMENT NEAR NEW FLORENCE

 

The Missouri Department of Transportation is anticipating replacement of the Missouri Route 19 bridge over Interstate 70 near New Florence and in 2023. At a public meeting held on Feb. 11, 2020, four options were presented regarding the new bridge and reconfiguring of the interchange.  Over 60% of the comments received supported the recommended alternative of constructing the new MO 19 bridge to the west of the existing bridge and utilizing roundabouts for the ramp and outer road intersections.

At the public meeting, comments were received regarding ensuring large vehicles can safely maneuver through the new roundabouts. “Upon further evaluation, the design was modified to construct the roundabouts to be an oval shape versus a symmetrical circular shape to allow more room for larger vehicles,” said MoDOT Project Manager Kimberly Trainor.  The revised design, along with all other project related information can be found on MoDOT’s project website https://www.modot.org/missouri-route-19-bridge-replacement-over-i-70.  The estimated cost of the recommended option is $9.72 million.

Since the recommended design has been modified, an additional comment period of 30 days has been opened for feedback. Comments may be submitted by accessing the project website or emailing Montgomery19@modot.mo.gov. In addition, comments can be mailed to the Missouri Department of Transportation, 1711 Highway 61 South, Hannibal, MO 63401, attention Montgomery 19.

“The next step to this project is to reevaluate the Improve I-70 Study completed in 2006 and reevaluated in 2009 and seek approval from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for the recommended alternate presented at the public meeting,” Trainor said. The original study can be found at http://www.improvei70.org/environmental_7.htm.

The study includes approximately 0.5 mile of MO 19 and includes the diamond interchange with I-70, as well as the outer road connections at Booneslick Road and Tree Farm Road. FHWA is expected to provide funding for the project and serve as the lead agency for the project.  MoDOT is a co-lead agency and will be providing overall guidance and management of the project.

 

FIVE ARRESTED AFTER SEX TRAFFICKING INVESTIGATION IN OAK GROVE

 

Five people were arrested as part of a sex trafficking investigation in Missouri where 10 potential victims were contacted and three children were put into protective custody.

Missouri is cracking down on human trafficking. The Hope Initiative, a new effort spearheaded by Attorney General Eric Schmitt, targets illicit massage businesses that may be engaging in human trafficking and advertising on illicit websites while posing as a legitimate business.

Shortly after the announcement of this initiative, a sex trafficking operation was conducted in Oak Grove, Missouri on Oct. 23 by officers with the Oak Grove Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the Missouri Attorney General’s Office Human Trafficking Task Force.

The operation resulted in five men being contacted and detained.

From this investigation, authorities said 10 women were contacted and offered victim services, including food, lodging, onsite medical services, counseling/therapy, and drug rehabilitation. Additionally, three children under the age of 5 were taken into protective custody and released to the Missouri Department of Social Services, according to the Oak Grove Police Department.

The Oak Grove operation had cooperation and investigators from a handful of state and local law enforcement agencies as well as the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Marshal’s Service, along with multiple victim advocate groups including the Central Missouri Stop Human Trafficking Coalition. If you have information or suspect human trafficking in your area, please call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-8888.

 




October 28, 2020

 

KC HITS RECORD COVID-19 DEATH TOTAL, ST. LOUIS HOSPITALS FILLING AS COVID-19 CONTINUES TO RISE IN MISSOURI

 

St. Louis hospitals are filling up with coronavirus patients at an alarming rate, and experts say many of those patients are coming in from other areas of the state.
Meanwhile, the Kansas City area over the past week recorded its highest number of deaths over a one-week period, with more than 80 people dying from COVID-19.
Missouri is among several states across the U.S. seeing a spike in confirmed cases and hospitalizations related to the coronavirus.
The state health department on Tuesday announced 1,695 additional confirmed cases and 28 more deaths.
The state has reported 172,717 cases and 2,838 deaths since the pandemic began.

 

CENTRAL MISSOURI STRUGGLING WITH NURSING SHORTAGE IN MIDST OF PANDEMIC

 

With effects of a statewide nursing shortage being felt before the pandemic, Missouri Nurses Association director Heidi Lucas said Monday as hospitalization numbers spike, many nurses have told her they feel unappreciated.

"COVID is not helping any and we are getting some issues where more and more nurses are saying this isn't what I signed up for," Lucas said.

Data from the Missouri Hospital Association showed central Missouri with a 9.5% shortage of nurses, almost near the state shortage of 11%.

The turnover rate for registered nurses was also high at 16%.

"Because you have a nursing shortage causes the nurses you already have to be working more and longer hours and having less time to spend with their families to dis-satisfaction in the workplace which causes them to leave the profession," Lucas said.

Lucas said there were also new concerns for nursing regarding PPE, which is being rationed to hospitals who need it the most.

"Right now, the supply chain is working pretty well but going into the fall and winter that could potentially change," Lucas said.

As of Monday, the infection rate in Missouri was 22.7% and hospitals in mid-Missouri such as Capital Region Medical Center were seeing ICU units almost at or at capacity.

 

MDC ACCEPTING MRAP APPLICATIONS FROM PRIVATE LANDOWNERS

 

Through November 13, the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) is accepting applications for the Missouri Outdoor Recreational Access Program (MRAP).

This program incentivizes landowners to open their properties to the public for a variety of outdoor activities.

Those activities include all access hunting and fishing, small game and turkey hunting, youth only hunting and fishing, archery hunting, fishing only or wildlife viewing.

A commitment period for the program is three years.

The expansion of the MRAP program was possible through a new $2.2 million grant MDC received from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

To be eligible, landowner properties must be at least 40 contiguous acres or have a one-acre pond for fishing access.

 




October 27, 2020

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE WEEKEND HOME INVASION

 

Columbia Police responded to a reported home invasion on Saturday, Oct. 24 at approximately 2:15 a.m. in the 200 block of Nikki Way

Upon arrival, officers made contact with the resident. He reported that one person entered the residence. The resident reported that he heard a sound, woke up and began yelling at the suspect. The resident reported that the suspect fired one round, then ran out of the residence. 

Officers located a splintered front door that is consistent with a forced entry. Officers also found a shell casing from a handgun and a bullet hole in the wall of a room. 

There were no injuries reported.  

The suspect was last seen fleeing northbound on Carrieridge Drive in a small sedan. No further description of the vehicle or the suspect is available. 

This is an ongoing investigation. There are no further details to provide at this time. 

If you know something, say something. If anyone has any information, they are encouraged to contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or call CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION INVESTS $1.5 MILLION TO ASSIST IN COMMUNITY  DEVELOPMENT AND SMALL BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN MISSOURI

 

The Trump Administration, along with Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director for Missouri Jeff Case, Monday announced that the USDA is investing $1.5 million in Intermediary Relending Program (IRP) funding to two Missouri intermediaries to aid with economic improvements and job creation around the state.

“When rural, small businesses expand and do well, it leads to a positive impact on the economy of the communities they reside in and serve,” said Trump Administration Official State Director Case. “The Intermediary Relending Program is an excellent example of how USDA Rural Development partners with public and private organizations to ensure rural businesses have the funds needed to start up, expand, and prosper, ultimately providing more job opportunities to rural Missourians.  Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA has been working tirelessly to be a strong partner to rural Missouri in building stronger and healthier communities because we know when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority (MASBDA) was awarded a $500,000 loan to support its Agribusiness Revolving Loan program.  USDA Rural Development has a long-standing partnership with MASBDA and has provided funding to establish this revolving loan fund in 2010 and additional funding in 2015.  This investment is expected to assist in the creation of 20 new job opportunities and retain existing jobs across the state.

 

Missouri Clean Energy District will use a $1 million loan to supplement its existing revolving loan fund, the Rural Development Commercial Facility loan program, which provides loans for commercial and agricultural renewable energy projects in rural areas.  USDA Rural Development previously provided a $649,000 IRP loan to assist in establishing this loan fund in 2015.  This investment is expected to assist in the creation of 60 new job opportunities across the state.

The Intermediary Relending Program provides 1 percent low-interest loans to intermediary lenders to establish or operate revolving loan funds.  Intermediaries then make loans, up to $250,000, to eligible ultimate recipients to assist with financing business and economic development activity to create or retain jobs in rural communities. Ultimate recipients may be individuals, public or private organizations, or other legal entitles located in an area with 50,000 or fewer residents. 

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas.

 




October 26, 2020

 

MISSOURI REPORTS SMALLER INCREASE IN COVID-19 CASES SUNDAY

 

Missouri health officials reported a small increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on Sunday, after several days of more than 1,000 newly confirmed cases.

The health department reports a total of 167,452 confirmed cases, an increase of only 43 from Saturday.

That comes after the state reported well over 1,000 new cases on five days between Oct. 16 to Oct. 22.

On Saturday, the state reported an increase of 2,918 new cases of COVID-19 but health officials said those numbers reflected a high number of tests and case records received on Thursday and Friday.

Missouri also has recorded 2,805 deaths since the pandemic began, an increase of four from Saturday.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATING SUNDAY MORNING HOMICIDE

 

Columbia Police responded to the 300 block of W. Brookside Lane at approximately 1 a.m. on Sunday for a report of shots heard. 

When officers arrived, they located one person who had sustained a life-threatening injury. The victim was pronounced deceased on scene by medical personnel. 

He has been identified as Bryant R. Wilks, II, 17, of Columbia. Next of kin has been notified. 

Columbia Police patrol officers, detectives, and crime scene investigators gathered evidence, including spent shell casings.

During the investigation, property damage caused by gunfire was located on structures and vehicles in the area. There were no other injuries reported. 

At this time there is no suspect information to share.

This is an ongoing investigation. There are no further details to provide at this time. 

If you know something, say something. If anyone has any information, they are encouraged to contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or call CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 




Weekend Report- October 24-25, 2020

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

 

A man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at around 10:30am Saturday in Cole County.  The patrol says that 60 year old Charles Martin of Henley, MO was riding his motorcycle on US 54 when he lost control, causing it to travel off the left side of the roadway and strike the median cable.  He was flown by MU AIR to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

COLUMBIA DRIVER HURT IN SATURDAY MORNING CRASH

 

A Columbia driver was hurt in a Saturday morning crash in Callaway County.  49 year old Moshood Ibitoye was on Route WW when he swerved to avoid a vehicle in its lane and then it ran off the north side of the road and overturned.  He refused treatment at the scene for minor injuries.

 

MAN INJURED IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY WRECK

 

A Dardenne Prairie man was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday afternoon in St. Charles County.  The report states that 56 year old Marvin Johnson was on Highway 79 when he suffered a medical emergency, causing his vehicle to travel off the right side of the roadway, hit an embankment, became airborne and landed on its undercarriage.  He was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.

 




October 22, 2020

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES $5 MILLION IN CARES ACT SPENDING ON MISSOURI FOOD BANKS

 

On Wednesday, Governor Mike Parson announced $5 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to be divided among Missouri’s six regional food banks to help citizens who continue to rely on food assistance.

The food banks serve the needs of more than 1,000 food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, and other meal sites across the state.

“Protecting the health and well-being of Missourians is a key component of our Show Me Strong Recovery Plan,” Governor Parson said. “This additional funding for food banks will help ensure continued access to good nutrition for Missouri’s vulnerable citizens during these challenging times.”

The $5 million will be distributed as follows:

  • Harvesters Community Food Network - $990,413
  • Ozarks Food Harvest - $925,073
  • Second Harvest Community Food Bank - $359,288
  • Southeast Missouri Food Bank - $504,818
  • St. Louis Area Foodbank - $1,462,145
  • The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri - $708,263
  • Feeding Missouri (For training, technical assistance, and reporting) - $50,000

 

ENGINEERED TAX SERVICES EXPANDS INTO MISSOURI

 

Last week Engineered Tax Services (ETS) announced they have acquired both St. Louis-based The Growth Partnership (TGP) and the ABLE CRM platform. ETS plans to retain all current jobs and add an additional 16 high paying new jobs at the St. Louis location.

“We are excited to welcome ETS to Missouri,” said Governor Mike Parson. “The company’s decision to expand to St. Louis is a testament to the quality of The Growth Partnership, its existing workforce, and the available talent in the region. We look forward to seeing ETS grow and expand in our state.”

ETS is the only licensed engineering firm providing specialty tax services to the accounting vertical. With the addition of TGP and ABLE, the ETS family of companies will be able to offer outsourced marketing services, specialized CRM tools, and state of the art training for firms they are serving. The TGP and ABLE teams will join the ETS team of over 120 professionals serving more than 3,000 CPA firms and related associations.

“The professional services space is rapidly adopting a more ‘advisory’ mindset and looking to drive additional value into their client relationships,” said Julio Gonzalez, CEO of ETS, as he addressed the strategic rationale for the acquisition. “Jeff Pawlow and Charles Hylan have positioned TGP at the forefront of that movement. I look forward to growing in Missouri and appreciate the enthusiastic welcome the state and the community have given us.”

“Thanks to Engineered Tax Services for investing in St. Louis County,” said St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page. “We pride ourselves on creating a welcoming community for growth and innovation and we are thrilled ETS is growing its business here.”

Missouri Partnership, the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, Alliance STL and Missouri Department of Economic Development all supported ETS as they evaluated Missouri for their next expansion.

 




October 21, 2020

 

PROSECUTOR SAYS MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING WISCONSIN BROTHERS ADMITS HE DISPOSED OF THE BODIES

 

A prosecutor told a judge that a Missouri man accused of killing two brothers from Wisconsin admitted to authorities that he disposed of the bodies but denied killing the men.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports that special prosecutor Stephen Sokoloff made the argument Tuesday during a hearing in which a judge denied a defense request to have two charges of abandoning a corpse dismissed in the case against Garland Nelson, of Braymer.

His case has been moved to Johnson County from Caldwell County where he also was charged last year with first-degree murder in the deaths of 24-year-old Justin Diemel and 35-year-old Nicholas Diemel, of Shawano County, Wisconsin. 

 

STATEWIDE WINTER WEATHER DRILL SET FOR WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY

 

In an attempt to get a jump on this year’s winter season, the Missouri Department of Transportation will hold its annual winter operations drill on Wednesday and Thursday. The drill has been expanded to two days this year to accommodate social distancing requirements due to COVID-19.

Motorists may notice increased numbers of MoDOT vehicles on state routes during the drill. In rural areas, crews will deploy after 8 a.m. In urban areas, the drill will not begin until after 9 a.m. The exercise should be completed by 3 p.m.

“Winter weather seems to start earlier every year,” said Natalie Roark, state maintenance director. “We’ve scheduled this year’s drill a little earlier to make sure we all know our roles during a winter storm so we can do our jobs successfully.”

More than 3,000 MoDOT employees are involved in clearing roads and bridges as quickly as possible when winter weather hits. During the drill, MoDOT employees will react to a simulated forecast of significant snow for the entire state. The department’s emergency operations centers will activate and maintenance employees will be deployed to their trucks. Emergency communications systems will also be tested.

The drill serves as a training reminder to make sure proper equipment, plowing techniques and safety measures are used. In addition, every piece of equipment—every truck, motor grader, snow blower and tractor—is inspected and calibrated to conserve materials.

One of the most valuable parts of the drill is that it allows MoDOT’s newest employees the opportunity to drive a snowplow over their designated routes so they are aware of obstacles and obstructions, such as curbs and raised islands, that might be hidden in snow or ice.

 

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION INVESTS NEARLY $300,000 IN RURAL MISSOURI HOME REPAIR GRANTS

 

The Trump Administration, along with Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director for Missouri Jeff Case, Tuesday announced two Missouri-based sponsoring organizations are receiving nearly $300,000 in Housing Preservation Grants for the repair and rehabilitation of housing owned and occupied by low-and very-low income rural Missourians.

“Having a home to call your own is the ultimate American dream to many in our country.  However, for lower-income rural residents, the affordability of maintaining a home and making needed repairs can often be a challenge,” said Trump Administration Official State Director Case. “By partnering with affordable housing agencies, USDA Rural Development helps fill that gap with its Housing Preservation Grant program, ensuring some of our most vulnerable residents have the means necessary to make health and safety improvements to their homes.  Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA has been working tirelessly to be a strong partner to rural communities in building stronger and healthier communities, because we know when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

North East Community Action Corporation (NECAC) will use its $149,343 grant to rehabilitate owner-occupied homes in nine counties. 12 low- and very-low income families residing in Lewis, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Montgomery, Pike, Ralls, Randolph, and Shelby Counties will benefit from the assistance. Established in 1965, NECAC manages and delivers more than 60 social service, community health, and public housing programs to qualified individuals in nine rural and three metropolitan counties. The repairs will be made in conjunction with NECAC’s Weatherization and Home Repair Program.

East Missouri Action Agency, Inc. (EMAA) will use its $149,343 grant to rehabilitate owner-occupied homes in its service area. 19 low- and very-low income families residing in Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Iron, Madison, Perry, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, and Washington Counties will benefit from the assistance. Established in 1965, EMAA provides services to more than 18,000 low-income individuals annually in its eight-county service area. The repairs will be made in conjunction with East Missouri Action Agency’s Weatherization and Home Repair program.

As noted above, the Housing Preservation Grant program is administered by sponsoring organizations such as state and local government entities, non-profits, and federally recognized Native American tribes. Individual homeowners are not eligible for the program, which serves rural areas with populations of 20,000 or fewer. Rental property owners may also be eligible to receive assistance if they agree to make housing units available to low- and very low-income rural residents. Eligible expenses include repairing or replacing electrical wiring, foundations, roofs, insulation, heating and cooling systems, and water and waste disposal systems. Funds also may be used to adapt homes for those with mobility or other accessibility considerations. Applications for the program are accepted on an annual basis through a Notice of Solicitation of Application (NOSA) in the Federal Register.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas.

 




October 20, 2020

 

THIRTEEN HORSES DIE IN FRANKLIN COUNTY TRAFFIC ACCIDENT

 

Thirteen horses are dead and others are injured after a traffic accident in eastern MissouriKMOV-TV reports that the accident happened Sunday night in Franklin County when a tractor-trailer carrying 29 horses tipped over on Interstate 44.  The cause of the accident remains under investigation.  Firefighters, veterinarians and crews from a large animal rescue group all worked to remove the horses from the highway.  The surviving horses were taken to Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in Union, which is not far from the accident site.  The truck driver was not seriously hurt.

 

HANNIBAL WOMAN DIES IN VEHICLE COLLISION WITH TRAIN

 

A Missouri woman died after she pulled into the path of a train late Saturday night.

The crash happened at 10:45 p.m. in Marion County.  According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Courtney Griffith, 20, of Hannibal, was traveling north on County Road 433 when she pulled in front of an eastbound Norfolk Southern locomotive.

Troopers said cross buck signals were used at the intersection.

Marion County deputy coroner Brent Massie pronounced Griffith dead at the scene at 11:00 p.m.  The online crash report lists Griffith as not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

 

GOV. PARSON APPOINTS A NEW JUDGE TO THE MISSOURI COURT OF APPEALS, EASTERN DISTRICT

 

On Monday, Governor Mike Parson appointed Judge Kelly C. Broniec to the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District.  Judge Broniec will succeed Judge Roy L. Richter who retired in July of 2020.  Judge Broniec holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from William Woods University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. 

A resident of Montgomery City, Judge Broniec is an active member of the Montgomery City Kiwanis Club and the Montgomery City Chamber of Commerce. Judge Broniec and her family are active members of their church and participate in numerous community activities.




October 19, 2020

 

MISSOURI COVID-19 CASES HIT NEW SINGLE DAY RECORD SATURDAY

 

Missouri continued to report record numbers of coronavirus cases over the weekend and the rate of positive cases remains high across the state.

On Saturday, the state reported a record 2,357 new cases of COVID-19.

Sunday's increase of 1,768 cases reported on the state's online virus tracker was smaller but still substantial.

The state now has 156,696 cases of the virus and 2,582 deaths since the pandemic began.

The state said the positivity rate for coronavirus tests over the last seven days is 19.7%, and six counties reported rates above 50%.

Gov. Mike Parson has refused to require mask wearing in Missouri.

 

JEFFERSON CITY MAN SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS IN PRISON FOR 2015 KILLING

 

A Jefferson City man has been sentenced to 25 years in a killing that was uncovered after a jail inmate led law enforcement to a location where he said he helped bury a body.

The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports that 58-year-old Sandy Gallaspie was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the November 2015 death of Jon Williams.

His skeletal remains were found last summer after a Cole County inmate asked to speak with a detective, claiming to know where a body was buried.

He was the ex-husband of Gallaspie's then-girlfriend, Suzanne Ponder.

Ponder pleaded guilty in August to abandonment of a corpse and was sentenced to probation.

 

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION INVESTS $160,000 FOR ESSENTIAL COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

The Trump Administration, along with Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director for Missouri Jeff Case, has announced that the USDA is investing $160,688 to modernize maintenance and public safety equipment in Wellsville and Jonesburg.

Missouri’s rural residents deserve modern infrastructure, equipment, and public safety services in the communities they call home,” said Trump Administration Official State Director Case.  “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA has been working tirelessly to be a strong partner to rural Missouri communities, like Wellsville and Jonesburg, in building stronger and healthier communities, because we know when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

The city of Wellsville will use a $128,000 Community Facilities Grant to purchase a backhoe and skid-loader to better maintain city roads and property.  The equipment currently used by the city has multiple mechanical issues, needs repairs, and is not cost effective.  Purchasing this equipment will allow city personnel to address maintenance issues more efficiently and effectively, ultimately allowing the city to better deliver these essential community services to more than 1,200 Wellsville citizens.

The city of Jonesburg will use a $32,688 Community Facilities Grant to purchase a law enforcement vehicle and zero-turn lawn mower.  The patrol vehicle and lawn mower will replace models that are aging and no longer operational or reliable. This purchase will allow city personnel to better maintain city property and for law enforcement personnel to better protect the 760 citizens that call Jonesburg home.

Funding for the announcement was made available through the $150 million in grants included in the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act that President Trump signed into law on June 6, 2019. These grants are to help eligible rural communities continue their recovery from the devastating effects of hurricanes, fires, and other natural disasters such as recent years’ severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding in Missouri.

 

 




Weekend Report- October 17-18, 2020

 

WOMAN KILLED IN FRIDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

 

A Gravois Mills woman was killed in an accident that occurred at 3:05pm Friday in Morgan County.  The patrol says that 30 year old Elizabeth Raney was on Route WW when she failed to negotiate a curve, causing her truck to travel off the right side of the roadway and then returned to the road and went off the left side of the road and overturned, ejecting her from the truck.  She was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

MAN INJURED IN AUDRAIN COUNTY WRECK

 

A Curryville man was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday night in Audrain County.  70 year old Phillip Kuda was on Route J when his truck struck a deer, ran off the right side of the road, struck an embankment, became airborne and came to rest off the right side of the roadway.  He was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

On Wednesday, October 14 at approximately 8:32 PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 500 block of Martin Luther King Dr., in reference to a fire.  Responding personnel found a vacant house with fire coming from the front two rooms.  The fire was contained and extinguished, with the front of the house suffering significant fire damage and the back suffering heat and smoke damage. 

 

Evidence on scene indicated that people had been using the house, and there were indications of drinking, smoking, and firework use in and around the house. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.  There were no injuries during the incident.

 

 

 




October 15, 2020

 

BRIDGE NOW OPEN TO TRAFFIC IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Missouri Route 161 in Montgomery County is now back open to traffic at Smith Branch, located 3.4 miles south of Missouri Route 19 near Danville. The road was closed on July 27 for a bridge replacement. The new bridge is 28 feet wide, which is 8 feet wider than the old bridge.

E & C Bridge, of California, Missouri completed the project.

This bridge was included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

On Sunday, October 11 at about 10:03 AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1300 block of Sannebeck Drive in reference to a grass fire.  Responding personnel found that a resident had been burning some trash and the fire grew beyond his control.  The fire was extinguished and there was no damage to any property and no injuries.

 

Citizens are reminded that only leaves, yard rakings, and cuttings from trees and bushes may be burned in open fires, and someone with a means to control the fire must be present to control it.

 

MISSOURI’S VETERANS HOMES HAVE BEEN HIT HARD WITH COVID-19

 

Fifty-six residents of Missouri veterans homes have died of COVID-19 since Sept. 1, including 25 at one facility in southeast Missouri.

A spokesman for the Missouri Veterans Commission told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Wednesday that the deadliest outbreak was in Cape Girardeau, where 20 residents died in September and five more have died in October, through Monday.

Another veterans home, in the southwestern Missouri town of Mt. Vernon, has been the site of 13 resident deaths, 12 others died in St. James and six more died in Warrensburg.

Until September, just one resident of a Missouri veterans home had died from the coronavirus, in St. Louis County.

 




October 14, 2020

 

MISSOURI STATE FIRE MARSHAL ENCOURAGES PEOPLE TO AVOID OUTDOOR BURNING

 

Missouri's state fire marshal is encouraging people to avoid outside burning amid a statewide drought that has gripped the state for several weeks.

Fire Marshal Tim Bean said in a news release Tuesday that under the current dry conditions, even a small outdoor fire can get out of control and spread rapidly.

Bean cited the lack of significant rainfall but also low humidity, gusty winds and warm temperatures.

The U.S. Drought Monitor shows that several Missouri counties are experiencing drought conditions, including five with extreme droughts: Barry, Christian, Greene, Lawrence and Stone counties.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE ROBBERY IN JOE MACHENS HYUNDAI PARKING LOT

 

Columbia Police officers were dispatched to a report of an armed robbery in the parking lot of the Joe Machens Hyundai dealership, 1300 Vandiver Road on Tuesday, Oct. 13 at approximately 2:30 a.m.

Upon arrival, officers located one victim who reported that three males approached him. While all three were displaying handguns, they demanded money and other valuables. They were described as black males, ranging in height from 5’6 to 5’10. One male was reported wearing a black hoodie, and another male was reported wearing a gray hoodie. The victim was unable to provide any further descriptions.  

During the incident, the victim reported being struck several times by one of the suspects but did not require medical attention. The suspects were last seen running on foot northeast from the dealership. 

With assistance from a CPD K-9 unit, one suspect, later identified as a juvenile, was tracked and located in the wooded area of Diamond Avenue and Garnet Drive. He was detained for robbery, unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action.

Detectives with CID are working on leads to identify the other two suspects.

This is an ongoing investigation. There are no further details to provide at this time. 

If you know something, say something. If anyone has any information, they are encouraged to contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or call CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

DRUGS FOUND IN EASTERN MISSOURI THAT LOOK LIKE CHILDREN’S VITAMINS OR CANDY

 

The police chief in a small eastern Missouri town is warning that illegal drugs found on the street look like candy or children's vitamins.
KTVI-TV reports that officers in Potosi recently seized the drugs during a traffic stop.
Potosi Police Chief Michael Gum posted photos of the drugs on the department's Facebook page.
Gum says officials aren't sure exactly what is in the drug, but the man found with them identified the substance as the mood-altering drug ecstasy.
Investigators have sent the drugs to a crime lab for testing, but results could take weeks.

 

 

 

 




October 13, 2020

 

DATABASE ERROR CAUSES MISSOURI TO REPORT INCREDIBLE COVID-19 INCREASE

 

Two days after a "database extract error" incorrectly showed a massive one-day increase in coronavirus cases in Missouri, the problem remains unresolved.
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services spokeswoman Lisa Cox said Monday that the state is still working to pinpoint the cause of the problem, which is related to the automated, rather than manual, entry of data.
On Saturday, Missouri reported more than 5,000 new COVID-19 cases, which would be nearly 3,000 more than the state's previous record for a single day.
But on Sunday, the health department said that number was wrong, blaming the process of migrating data into a new system.

 

PALMYRA MAN FACING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES

 

A Palmyra, Missouri man is facing a charge relating to child pornography.

In April, the Missouri Internet Crimes Against Children’s Task Force began an investigation into the possession of child pornography.

Authorities said during the investigation, they identified a suspect in the 400 block of West Water Street in Palmyra.

Then, in June, police were given consent to review some electronic devices used by the owner, Stephen Lawrence.

Police reportedly found numerous files of child pornography, as well as multiple other devices, which had been connected to these computers, that contained file names commonly used for child pornography.

In October, police executed a search warrant at Lawrence's residence to look for additional files of child pornography.

Lawrence was arrested and charged with receiving child pornography.

He was transported to St. Louis, where he will be brought before a judge.

The Palmyra Police Department, Marion County Sheriffs Department, FBI, and Missouri ICAC Task Force assisted in the investigation and arrest.

 




October 12, 2020

 

DRIVER EXAMINATION STATIONS CLOSED STATEWIDE ON MONDAY

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol would like to remind the public that driver examination stations throughout the state will be closed on the following date:

Monday, October 12, 2020, in observance of Columbus Day. Normal operations will resume on Tuesday, October 13, 2020.

  

Also, banks and post offices are closed on Monday and there will be no mail delivery as well.

 

 

WATCH FOR SUDDEN DEER MOVEMENT ON STATE ROADS THROUGH NOVEMBER

 

Cooler temperatures and longer nights mean more wildlife movement along and across state roads. The Missouri Department of Transportation reminds motorists to be prepared for the sudden appearance of wild animals such as deer and coyote on Missouri roadways during the fall.

“Deer/vehicle collisions are at their peak from mid-October through the end of November,” said Natalie Roark, state maintenance director. “Shorter days mean motorists are driving on dark roads when deer are more active, which leads to a larger number of crashes involving deer and other wildlife.”

Fall is breeding season and deer are on the move, especially at dawn and dusk. Drivers should never swerve to avoid animals in the road as it can cause loss of control of their vehicles, resulting in serious injury or death. To avoid hitting a deer, always be cautious and keep your eyes scanning both sides of the roadway.

“Distracted driving—particularly when wildlife is on the move—can be deadly,” Roark said. “Always buckle up and put your phone down when driving.”

Some collisions are unavoidable. If a deer/vehicle collision has resulted in the death of the deer, there are several options a motorist can take:

Missouri law allows an individual who has struck and killed a deer with their vehicle to claim the deer carcass if written authorization to possess the deer is granted by a Missouri Department of Conservation agent.

Do not jeopardize your safety to remove the animal in a high traffic area. Notify MoDOT at 1-888-ASK-MODOT (275-6636). Crews will address any deer/animal/debris on a highway that is a safety hazard, meaning that the carcass is in the driving or passing lane, or partially in either lane or on the shoulder. Crews will drag the carcass to the outer portion of the right of way, outside any active drainage ditch or channel.

If the deer is completely off the roadway, MoDOT will not pick it up unless it impedes mail delivery or is located in a neighborhood, especially at or near a bus stop.

If a deer is located on the shoulder, MoDOT will address the deer during normal work hours. MoDOT crews will not be called out after hours to remove an item, unless it is a safety hazard. MoDOT does not have specialized crews assigned to remove dead animals from the roadway and does not contract out any roadkill removal.

 




Weekend Report- October 10-11, 2020

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

During the morning hours of Thursday, October 8 the US Marshals Service arrested Sadiq J Moore, age 25, in Columbia, Missouri.  Moore was arrested on a warrant from the June 27th murder of Chance Davis.  This is the second arrest for that murder.  Police in Quincy, Illinois arrested Deyton Curtis-Fisher for the offense on August 1st.

 

There is still an outstanding warrant for Timothy S Midgyett, Jr., age 25.  Boone County deputies and Columbia police officers attempted to catch a person they believed was Midgyett during the night of September 29th.  The subject got away. 

 

The Mexico Public Safety Department is continuing to work with the US Marshals, the Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney, and other law enforcement agencies across the state to get Midgyett in custody.

 

Anyone with information about Midgyett’s location is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 392-TIPS or (800) 392-8477 or Mexico Public Safety at (573) 473-5800 or (573) 581-2100.

 

On Thursday, October 8 at approximately 12:38 PM, a Mexico Public Safety officer was in the 900 block of E Liberty and saw a small fire in the back of a utility trailer that was being pulled down the roadway.  The officer stopped the vehicle and trailer and it was determined that the trailer contained scrap metal, wood, and yard waste.  Some of the yard waste and wood was burning.  Additional MPSD resources responded and the fire was extinguished.  There was no damage to any property and no injuries from the incident.

 

STATEWIDE SPEED LIMIT ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN RUNS OCT. 10 – 18

 

As you venture out this autumn to take in sights of fall foliage in the Show-Me State, or are simply just driving your daily commute, please be mindful of your speed.

The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety wants to remind all drivers that a statewide media campaign will be held Oct. 10-18. Speed limit enforcement will run Oct. 16-18. During this time law enforcement will be actively enforcing Missouri’s speed limit laws and reminding drivers of the increased risks associated with higher speeds.

Despite the decrease in traffic during the national pandemic, speed related crashes are on the rise. To date there has been more than an 11% increase in traffic crash fatalities over this time last year.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a crash on a road with a speed limit of 65 mph or greater is more than twice as likely to result in a fatality than a crash on a road with a speed limit of 45 or 50 mph and nearly five times as likely as a crash on a road with a speed limit of 40 mph or below.

In Missouri specifically, speed contributed to nearly 32% of the state’s 881 roadway fatalities in 2019 continuing an alarming trend related to speed over the last five years.

There is a reason for posted speed limits – the safety of all road users. “Saving a few extra minutes on your commute is not worth the increased risk of being involved in a crash that could endanger your own life or the lives of everyone else on the road,” said Jon Nelson, chair of the executive committee of the coalition. “Speed is one of the most common contributing factors for fatal crashes in Missouri and, unfortunately, the data shows it’s only becoming more prevalent. We want to change that.”

Speeding is defined as driving in excess of the posted speed limit but driving too fast for conditions can also have dangerous consequences including:

Reducing a driver’s ability to negotiate curves or maneuver around obstacles in the roadway.

Providing drivers less time to react to adverse conditions.

Extending the distance traveled before a vehicle can stop.

Increasing the distance a vehicle travels once the driver reacts to a hazard.

Increasing the amount of force involved in a collision.

“We often talk about every driver’s responsibility to drive sober and pay attention, and rightfully so,” said Nelson. “Driving an appropriate speed is equally important and impactful for reducing the number of fatalities on Missouri roadways.”

Change your speed, change the ending. And, of course, always buckle up and put your phone down.

 




October 8, 2020

 

VOTING RIGHTS ADVOCATES URGE MISSOURI OFFICIALS TO STRIKE DOWN NOTORIZATION REQUIREMENTS FOR BALLOTS

 

Voting rights advocates are urging the Missouri Supreme Court to strike down a ballot notarization requirement for this year's elections.

An attorney representing the NAACP and League of Women Voters argued Tuesday that all absentee ballots and mail-in ballots should be counted, regardless of whether they are notarized.

A law passed earlier this year did relax Missouri's remote voting laws.

It allows certain people at risk from the coronavirus to vote absentee without needing to notarize the ballot envelope.

The new law also allows anyone to cast a mail-in ballot, but notarization is still required.

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem upheld that law last month.

 

TRUMAN PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATES ATTEMPED ASSAULT

 

Truman Department of Public Safety is investigating an attempted assault that happened on campus.

The incident was reported around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday.

According to the Crime Alert sent out to students and staff, the incident happened in the parking lot between the SUB and McClain hall.

The female student told police she was walking to her vehicle when a male ran at her, and grabbed her arm.

The suspect attempted to stop her from getting into her car, but failed.

Once in the vehicle, the suspect banged on the windows for the female to get out, but she was able to drive away, and contact campus police.

The suspect is being described as a white male in his 30's.

He's described as having short blond hair or balding hair and has missing teeth.

The suspect was last seen wearing a red Kansas City Chiefs sweatshirt, baggy jeans and black gloves.

Truman DPS is actively investigating this attempted assault.

Anyone with information is urged to contact them at 660-665-5621 or at police@truman.edu

 




October 7, 2020

 

FOUR MEMBERS OF MISSOURI GOVERNOR’S STAFF TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson's office says four of his staff members tested positive for COVID-19.
The governor officially returned to work Monday after being in isolation for nearly two weeks after he and his wife tested positive for the virus.
His office says everyone who had close contact with him and his wife were tested.
The four staff members who tested positive have recovered.
Missouri officials say that more than 1,800 state employees have had confirmed cases of COVID-19.
The Office of Administration says the corrections department has the most infected employees, with 646.

 

ELDON, MISSOURI MAN ARRESTED IN MEXICO

 

A Missouri man is facing charges of burglary, trespassing and resisting after an arrest in Mexico.

According to Mexico Public Safety, it happened on Friday when an officer saw a suspicious man trespassing on railroad property near Martin Luther King Park.

Public Safety says the man identified as Nicholas R. Atkinson, 34, of Eldon, ran and was eventually arrested about 4 blocks away.

An investigation indicated Atkinson had been stealing copper from other property nearby.

He was taken to the Audrain County Jail.

 

AMEREN ANNOUNCES NEW PLAN TO EXPAND CLEAN ENERGY

 

Recently, Ameren announced a goal to have net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 across all its operations.

This comes as the company announced its largest plan to expand its clean energy sources.

The company’s new plan to expand its commitment to clean energy to help the environment is directly due to the leadership at Ameren.

“We’ve set ambitious goals to transition to cleaner energy, it's imperative that we balance these goals with the critical need to keep energy affordable for all, so that every family can keep the lights on without sacrificing their most basic needs,” said Ameren Vice President of Sustainability and Electrification Gwen Mizell.

Ameren has also already made an investment of $8 billion in renewable energy over the next two decades.

Along with this investment in cleaner energy, more jobs will be created through the projects it entails.

Nearly 30% of energy already comes from carbon-free sources like hydro, nuclear and solar energy.

The continue increase in these energy sources is vital to Ameren achieving its goal of providing clean energy to its customers.

However, Ameren already offers its customers options to utilize renewable energy.

Those are offered through Ameren’s Community Solar and Neighborhood Solar programs.

 




October 6, 2020

 

COVID-19 HITS MISSOURI’S VETERANS HOMES

 

Five of Missouri's seven veterans homes have reported active COVID-19 cases, and six of the seven homes have active staff COVID-19 cases.

The virus has spread to veterans homes across the state with 122 of Missouri's veterans currently fighting off the virus, according to a Monday news release by the Missouri Veterans Commission.

MVC Executive Director Paul Kirchhoff said that the spread is a major concern.

We are concerned to see the heroes we care for dealing with this disease that is so virulent among the elderly and vulnerable populations.

In a statement, Kirchhoff said since the first coronavirus cases in Missouri, MVC has restricted access to its homes and established an infectious disease protocol to keep the veterans and staff safe.

This has included limiting access, setting up quarantine and isolation areas in advance, extensive use of Personal Protective Equipment and increased cleaning and hygiene measures.

Active cases of the virus have been confirmed from Cameron to Cape Giradeau and everywhere in between.

Number of COVID-19 cases at MVC Veterans Homes:

  • Cameron Veterans Home – active COVID-19 cases: 2 veterans (reported Oct. 1); 2 staff members
  • Cape Girardeau Veterans Home – active COVID-19 cases: 57 veterans; 12 staff members
  • Mt. Vernon Veterans Home - active COVID-19 cases: 27 veterans; 4 staff members
  • St. James Veterans Home - active COVID-19 cases: 24 veterans; 9 staff members
  • St. Louis Veterans Home - active COVID-19 cases: 0 veterans; 2 staff member
  • Warrensburg Veterans Home - active COVID-19 cases: 12 veterans; 4 staff members

Until September, MVC said there had been a total of one death of a resident of a Veterans Home while there was an active COVID-19 case in a home. The one veteran death was at the St. Louis Home in April 2020.

For the month of September, the MVC said there were a total of 41 veteran deaths while there were known COVID-19 cases among veterans in the home. MVC said the number of deaths that were caused by COVID-19 is not known at this time.

  • Cape Girardeau Veterans Home – 21 total deaths reported
  • Mt. Vernon Veterans Home - 7 total deaths reported
  • St. James Veterans Home - 10 total deaths reported
  • Warrensburg Veterans Home - 3 total deaths reported

“In order to combat COVID-19 at our Cape Girardeau and St. James Homes, we have been successful in obtaining additional staffing and resources from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs,” said Kirchhoff. “MVC continues to perform robust testing with our staff and veterans and review our procedures to help mitigate the risks as much as possible.”

The release, MVC stated all homes facilitated non-contact window visits, FaceTime and social media interactions to help keep veterans socially engaged, when access to their facilities was restricted.

Over the last four months, MVC has administered over 21,000 coronavirus tests

 

MEDICAL MARIJUANA COULD BE HEADING TO MISSOURI SHELVES AS SOON AS THIS MONTH

 

A St. Louis County lab's approval to start testing samples of marijuana means that commercial marijuana for medical use could be on the shelves this month.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that EKG Labs in Maryland Heights on Sept. 26 became the first of 10 licensed medical marijuana testers to start operations after passing a state inspection.

As a result, marijuana being grown by commercial cultivators may undergo state-required testing for safety and potency.

Once approved, it can be sold at dispensaries.

EKG director of operations Natalie Brown says testing could begin in the upcoming week.

Missouri voters approved medical marijuana in 2018.

 

AMEREN MISSOURI’S CALLAWAY ENERGY CENTER BEGINS ROUTINE REFUELING AND MAINTENANCE OUTAGE

 

Ameren Missouri’s Callaway Energy Center, which powers 780,000 homes, has begun its 24th planned refueling and maintenance outage. The regular refueling periods happen every 18 months. Approximately one-third of Callaway's fuel assemblies will be replaced during the outage at the 1,285-megawatt nuclear facility. The down time is also used for maintenance and equipment upgrades that otherwise could not be performed while the reactor is operating.

"These refueling periods are an integral part of continuing nuclear energy's role in providing safe, reliable, affordable and carbon-free energy to our customers," said Barry Cox, site vice president. "The carbon-free, 24/7 energy the Callaway Energy Center provides is critical as more renewables are put on the system in the years to come."  

The continued, conservative operation of the Callaway Energy Center is central to Ameren's recently-announced transformational changes toward net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Callaway, along with the company's other energy center provide a strong base of reliable, low-cost energy resources to bring on a total of 5,400 MW of renewable energy by 2040.

With so many tasks to accomplish in this refueling outage, Ameren Missouri will be adding approximately 800 additional workers from across the state. They will be supplementing Callaway's regular workforce of about 800 employees and giving a tremendous boost to the local economy.

The Callaway Energy Center generates approximately 25% of the energy for Ameren Missouri’s 1.2 million customers.

"Customers will not notice any difference in their service," Cox said. "These outages are planned well in advance, ensuring other Ameren Missouri energy centers are available to serve customers."

 




October 5, 2020

 

COLUMBIA MAN INJURED IN SUNDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

A Columbia man was injured in an accident that occurred at 10:30am Sunday in Callaway County.  The patrol says that 50 year old Christopher Marks was on Route O when he overcorrected in a curve, causing his vehicle to travel off the left side of the roadway and overturned, ejecting him from it.  He was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

On Saturday, October 3 at approximately 4:06pm the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the area of Olive and Anderson in reference to a report of a tree on fire.  Responding personnel found a tree and some surrounding brush burning near a secluded campsite.  The fire was extinguished and there were no injuries or damage to any personal property other than the campsite.

 

On Friday, October 2 at approximately 12:26pm a Mexico Public Safety officer saw a suspicious man trespassing on railroad property near Martin Luther King Park.  The officer attempted to detain the man, later identified as 34 year old Nicholas R Atkinson of Eldon, and he ran.  Atkinson was taken into custody without injury about four blocks away.  Additional investigation indicated Atkinson had been stealing copper from other property nearby.  Atkinson was processed at MPSD and taken to the Audrain County Jail for Burglary 2nd degree, Trespassing, and Resisting Arrest.

 

 




Weekend Report- October 3-4, 2020

 

FULTON WOMAN INJURED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Fulton woman was injured in an accident that occurred at 4:05pm Saturday in Callaway County.  26 year old Ebony Weathersby was on Route F when her car traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck several trees.  She was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT IN FRIDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

A Columbia driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Friday night in Audrain County.  28 year old Sierra Williams was on Route FF when she failed to negotiate a curve, causing her car to run off the left side of the road, strike a ditch and a fence.  She sustained minor injuries and was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 




October 2, 2020

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR SAYS HE IS STILL SEEKING TO INCREASE COVID-19 TESTING CAPACITY

 

One of the four pillars of the Show Me Strong Recovery Plan in Missouri was to expand coronavirus testing capacity.

Governor Mike Parson said the state recently reached a new peak for PCR COVID-19 testing, with over 122,000 tests during the week of September 14.

A PCR test is the most common way to test for coronavirus.

Parson adds the state will be increasing testing even more.

"The federal government has purchased 150 million Abbott Point of Care Tests to be distributed to the states. We expect to receive 120,000 of these tests in Missouri by the end of this week and nearly 2 million by the end of the year. Progress also continues with the COVID-19 vaccine. Missouri was awarded $3.2 million from the CDC for planning and implementation, and a multi-agency support team has been working on a distribution plan since the end of August."

In August, the FDA approved a new saliva-based COVID-19 test developed by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis.

Parson said this test is a major development and that it will help the state expand laboratory capacity and testing volumes.

 

SHARE THE ROAD THIS HARVEST SEASON

 

This autumn, the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety wants to remind motorists to be on the lookout for slow-moving farm vehicles. Please remember that farmers are just doing their jobs when moving equipment from field to field. It’s important that we be patient and drive carefully around farm vehicles.

Non-farm motorists may not immediately recognize farm equipment on roadways or be aware of the special hazards they present. Lighting and reflector locations on tractors, combines and other farm equipment are different from other motor vehicles. Loads on farm vehicles may be wider than other vehicles, which present special hazards for other motorists when left, right, rear and front projections are not easily recognizable.

The most common collisions occur when the approaching motorist hits a farm vehicle from behind (rear-end collision), or when a passing motorist hits a farm vehicle that is attempting to make a wide left turn (left sideswipe).

The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety recommends these simple tips when driving around slow-moving farm machinery:

  • Be mindful that it’s harvest season and keep an eye out for machinery.
  • Be patient and remember that farmers are just doing their jobs.
  • Loads on farm vehicles may be wider than other vehicles, which present unique conditions for other motorists.
  • Always pass on the left and only when you have clear sight distance.
  • Always wear your seat belt.  It’s your best defense in any traffic crash.
  • Keep your full attention on the road and put your cell phone down.
  • Buckle up and put your phone down.

 




October 1, 2020  

 

COVID-19 HOSPITALIZATIONS CONTINUE TO RISE OUTSIDE OF KANSAS CITY, ST. LOUIS

 

The number of people hospitalized for the coronavirus has nearly tripled in areas outside of Missouri's two largest metropolitan areas since the state reopened for business in mid-June.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services' COVID-19 dashboard shows that the state's northwest, southeast, southwest and central regions all reached record highs for virus-related hospitalizations on Monday, based on seven-day averages.

Excluding the St. Louis and Kansas City areas, hospitalizations in Missouri have risen 186% in the 3 1/2 months since Republican Gov. Mike Parson allowed the state to reopen on June 16. 

 

HEAD OF MISSOURI CHILD WELFARE SERVICES DIVISION RESIGNS

 

The head of a Missouri division that oversees child welfare services has resigned after only three months on the job.

David Wood, a Republican from Versailles, said Monday that he resigned as director of the Division of Children's Services, which oversees child abuse and neglect issues, child care licensing, adoption and foster care.

He gave no reason for his resignation and state officials also declined to discuss it.

Wood took over the division in mid-June after resigning his seat in the Missouri House.

He said at the time he hoped to bring stability to a division that had five directors in seven years.

 




September 29, 2020

 

LOW INCOME HOUSING TAX CREDIT RESUMES AFTER THREE YEAR MORATORIUM

 

A state low-income housing tax credit sought by developers seeking to build affordable housing but often criticized by Missouri officials has resumed after a three-year moratorium.
The Kansas City Star reports that the Missouri Housing Development Commission has restarted a program that then-Republican Gov. Eric Greitens zeroed out in 2017.
The commission's decision came in a unanimous vote Friday.
Developers and tenant advocates have noted that the supply of affordable housing in Missouri badly trails demand.
But the tax credit is resuming without legislative reforms that were once thought necessary to get the program running again.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE RESPOND TO FOUR SHOTS FIRED REPORTS SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING

 

Columbia Police officers responded to four separate reports of shots heard in the area of Eastwood Drive and Clark Lane beginning on Saturday, Sept. 26 at approximately 10 p.m. The last report was at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27. 

Officers were able to locate several witnesses who directed them to a residence in the Woodlake Apartments, 2609 Eastwood Drive, where they said they heard the gunshots. While officers were searching that area, several spent shell casings were located immediately outside an apartment.

Officers obtained a search warrant for an apartment and associated vehicle that was determined to be involved. As a result of the search warrant, officers located a handgun and ammunition and arrested Jamie Adrian Burns, 26, of Columbia for the charges of armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon. 

There were no injuries or property damage caused by the gunfire. 

There is no further information to provide at this time, as this is an active investigation. 

If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

On Monday at approximately 2:00PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1300 block of N Washington in reference to a person there having a gunshot wound.  Responding personnel found a 19 year-old man with what appeared to be a close range gunshot wound to the leg.  The man stated he was from Independence, MO and had been in Mexico visiting friends for a few days.  He stated he was on his friends’ front porch when a male, who he could not really describe, walked onto the porch, shot him in the leg, and ran away. 

 

Several neighbors heard the gunshot and saw the victim limping from home, but Mexico Public Safety has not found anyone yet who saw a person running from the area.  Audrain Ambulance District transported the victim to University Hospital where he was treated and released.

 

Anyone with information is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at (573) 473-TIPS or (573) 473-8477 or Mexico Public Safety at (573) 473-5800 or (573) 581-2100.

 




September 28, 2020

 

AD CRITICIZING MISSOURI DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE PULLED AND EDITED

 

An ad criticizing Democratic candidate for Missouri governor Nicole Galloway that aired on nine television stations has been pulled.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Friday reported that the ads were swapped after Galloway's campaign sent cease-and-desist letters.

The ads are by the Uniting Missouri PAC. The group supports Republican Gov. Mike Parson's campaign but acts independently.

The original ad said Galloway ignored ethics laws and didn't disclose that her husband lobbied for state tax credits.

Galloway's campaign lawyer says her husband never did that. Her campaign also says she reported that her husband has lobbied.

A Uniting Missouri spokesman says the PAC is making "minor semantic changes" to the ad.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

On Saturday, September 26 at approximately 2:16PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the area of W Love and Wade Street in reference to a "food truck" style trailer on fire.  Responding personnel found the trailer in a private driveway, fully engulfed in flame.  The fire had spread to the house and was melting the siding of another nearby house.  The fire had also caused an overhead electric line to fall.  The fire was extinguished but the trailer was completely destroyed and the fire burned through the roof of the home.  The food trailer had not been used for some time but still had propane on board and electricity running to it through an extension cord.  The owner had been cleaning the trailer earlier that day.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 




Weekend Report- September 26-27, 2020

 

WOMAN INJURED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A woman was injured in an accident that occurred at 2:45am Saturday in Montgomery County.  44 year old Jennifer Allen of Portland, MO was on MO 94 when her car traveled off the right side of the roadway, down a steep embankment, struck the ground and several trees.  She was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A Hallsville man was seriously injured in an early Saturday morning wreck in Callaway County.  The patrol says that 23 year old Kurt Miller was on County Road 354 when his truck ran off the left side of the road, struck an embankment and overturned into a fence.  He was transported to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT IN FRIDAY MORNING CRASH

 

A Holts Summit driver was hurt in a one-vehicle crash Friday morning in Callaway County.  50 year old Cynthia Branch was on County Road 328 when her vehicle traveled off the left side of the road, struck a guardrail and overturned into a creek.  She sustained minor injuries and was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment.

 




September 25, 2020

GUBERNATORIAL FORUM POSTPONED DUE TO MISSOURI GOVERNOR’S COVID-19 POSITIVE

 

(From KRCG-TV) Missouri's four candidates for Governor will have to wait to share a common stage.

The candidates' first gubernatorial forum, where they were scheduled to discuss their positions on issues affecting the state, has been postponed due to Governor Mike Parson testing positive for coronavirus.

The forum was originally intended to take place at the Missouri Theatre on Friday at 2:00 p.m. This would have been the first time that Republican Gov. Mike Parson, Democrat State Auditor Nicole Galloway, Libertarian nominee Rik Combs and Green Party nominee Jerome Bauer shared a common stage.

However, the event was postponed following the announcement that Gov. Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson have both tested positive for COVID-19.

"As you heard, First Lady Teresa Parson tested positive for COVID-19 earlier today and Governor Parson was then tested and we have received his positive test this afternoon," Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Director Dr. Randall Williams said during a Wednesday press briefing.

Following the announcement, Auditor Galloway released a statement wishing the Governor and First Lady a speedy recovery.

“I wish Governor Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson a safe and full recovery," Galloway said. "This is a stark reminder that this virus can reach anyone, anywhere and that this pandemic is far from over. We must all continue to do our part in preventing the spread of the virus by practicing social distancing, washing hands, and wearing a mask.”

Williams said Gov. Parson has not yet experienced symptoms and Mrs. Parson is experiencing mild symptoms.

"I'm thankful to report that both the Governor and First Lady are doing fine," Williams said.

Mrs. Parson is currently isolating at the Parson’s home in Bolivar. Meanwhile, the Governor is staying in the Governor's Mansion where he continues to "conduct and fulfill all roles of businesses of the state of Missouri from the Governor's Mansion without interruption," a Wednesday news release said.

Plans are to reschedule the forum to a later date. More information about the rescheduled forum will be announced when details are finalized.

 

 

FORMER CENTER, MISSOURI CITY CLERK DRAWS FEDERAL ATTENTION

 

Former City Clerk for Center, Missouri, Tracey Ray, is accused of using taxpayer funds for personal credit card bills, concert tickets and vacations

KHQA-TV reports, Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway released a months-long audit surrounding the City of Center.

It reportedly revealed that Ray misappropriated at least $316,887 in taxpayer funds between Jan. 1, 2015, and July 3, 2019.

Ralls County Prosecuting Attorney Rodney Rodenbaugh released a statement regarding this audit.

Rodenbaugh said the state's statute of limitations prohibits charges of crimes occurring outside of the three-year period.

However, he said federal statutes are not as restrictive.

He said he's reached out to federal authorities to proceed with the investigation.

Ray faces two counts of assault and two counts of armed criminal action.

According to court documents, she was granted a change of venue in 2019.

Her case has now been moved to Boone County, Missouri.

Ray’s next court date has been set for December 17, 2020.

 






September 24, 2020

MISSOURI GOVERNOR AND FIRST LADY TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

 

On Wednesday, Missouri Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson tested positive for COVID-19.
Out of an abundance of caution, Mrs. Parson was tested Wednesday morning after displaying minor symptoms.
Governor Parson was then tested as well and received a positive result.

All official and campaign events have been canceled until further notice.
As a precautionary measure, the Governor's staff has been tested and is awaiting results.
At this time, the Governor feels healthy and is displaying no symptoms, and Mrs. Parson has mild symptoms.
Proper safety protocols have been implemented at the direction of Dr. Randall Williams, Director of the Department of Health and Senior Services.

During this time, Governor Parson continues to conduct and fulfill all roles of businesses of the state of Missouri from the Governor's Mansion without interruption.


CENTRAL MISSOURI MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING HIS WIFE BY RUNNING HER OVER

 

A 33-year-old central Missouri man is accused of killing his wife by running her over with a truck during an argument.
Michael Brown, of Smithton, is charged with first-degree murder and six other felonies in the death of his wife, 32-year-old Maria Brown last week.
Court documents say Brown told investigators that he hit his wife because she had the devil in her and God wanted him to.
Investigators said the couple was involved in a physical altercation before Maria Brown was run over by the truck last week in Smithton. Online court records do not name an attorney for Brown, who is being held without bond.

 





September 23, 2020

MISSOURI GOVERNOR SIGNS TWO CRIME BILLS

 

KRCG-TV reports Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed two bills on Monday, one creating a pretrial witness protection fund and another that removes residency requirements for public safety employees in St. Louis.

House Bill 66 and House Bill 46 were passed by the General Assembly during a recent special session with a narrow focus on violent crime.

“We have a serious problem with violent crime here in Missouri, and we have seen it escalate even more in recent months,” Gov. Parson said. “HB 66 and HB 46 are valuable tools that will build on our efforts to combat violent crime, support law enforcement officers, and make our communities safer."

The special session was meant to address the state's rapid increase in violent crime rates this year, primarily in urban areas.
In St. Louis alone 195 people had been murdered by Sept. 18. This number surpasses last year's record of 194 and there are still a few more months to go in 2020.

The session came to an abrupt end last Wednesday, with the Missouri House of Representatives taking no final action on bills dealing with juvenile crime and gun possession, hearsay evidence, and giving the Attorney General jurisdiction over murder cases in St. Louis.
Those measures were key to Governor Mike Parson's anti-crime agenda.
HB 66 creates a Pretrial Witness Protection Fund in which law enforcement agencies can provide resources for the security of victims and witnesses and their immediate families.
HB 46 removes the residency requirements for public safety employees in the City of St. Louis.

Governor Parson said the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is currently short by more than 140 officers. HB 46 could help fill that gap.


WITNESS RESCUES DRIVER WHO CRASHED INTO CHARITON RIVER

 

A driver who crashed into the Chariton River Friday was rescued by a witness, who had watched the accident unfold and the vehicle begin to be submerged.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Stephanie Bressan, 59, of Springfield, Illinois, drove off the left side of the U.S. 36 in Macon County three miles east of New Cambria at 11:55 a.m. on Friday.

Her vehicle became airborne and submerged into the Chariton River.

A passerby stopped when they saw the crash and removed Bressan from her SUV while it was sinking into the Chariton River, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said.

A Macon County ambulance transported Bressen to Samaritan Memorial Hospital in Macon for treatment of serious injuries.

Troopers worked on pulling the vehicle from the river on Friday afternoon.

The highway patrol said the witness's fast action prevented tragedy.


 




September 22, 2020

RAIL SAFETY WEEK IS THIS WEEK

Each year, on average, there are 35 highway rail crossing collisions and five fatalities in Missouri, in addition to injuries and fatalities suffered by people trespassing on train tracks. 

 

“The goal of Rail Safety Week is to raise awareness of the need for rail safety education and empower the general public to keep themselves safe near highway-rail grade crossings and railroad rights-of-way,” said Bryan Ross, MoDOT’s railroad operations manager.

 

To promote rail safety in Missouri, MoDOT partners with Operation Lifesaver, Inc. OLI is a non-profit organization and nationally recognized leader of rail safety education. Since 1972, OLI remains committed to preventing collisions, injuries and fatalities on and around railroad tracks and highway-rail grade crossings, with the support of public education programs in states across the U.S.

 

In addition to OLI's Rail Safety Week activities, MoDOT will be posting safety messages on its Missouri River Runner and MoDOT social media sites.

 

Here are some reminders to help everyone stay safe around railroads:

  • Freight trains don’t follow published schedules; always expect a train.
  • A typical freight train can take more than a mile to stop.
  • The train you see is likely closer and faster-moving than you think.
  • The only safe place to cross the tracks is at a designated crossing.
  • Being on railroad tracks and property is not only dangerous – it’s illegal.


ROUTE E TO CLOSE FOR CULVERT PIPE REPLACEMENT

Crews with the Missouri Department of Transportation will replace a culvert pipe on Howard County Route E between Route HH and County Road 304A this week.

 

Route E will be closed in both directions on Wednesday, September 23 from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

 

Motorists are advised to seek an alternate route around the work area. MoDOT appreciates the patience of travelers while this work takes place.

 

The work is weather permitting and could be delayed.

  





September 21, 2020

WOMAN INJURED IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY ACCIDENT

A St. Louis woman was injured in an accident that occurred at around 12:50pm Sunday in St. Charles County.  26 year old Sherisha Ball was on US 67 when her car traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck an embankment.  She was taken to Barnes Jewish Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

DRIVER HURT IN SATURDAY NIGHT WRECK

A New Haven driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday night in Franklin County.  The patrol says that 53 year old Kimberly Chatman was on Route AJ when she failed to negotiate a curve, causing her vehicle to run off the right side of the road, strike a sign, a mailbox, an embankment and then a tree.  She sustained minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.

   





Weekend Report- September 19-20, 2020

MAN INJURED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

A St. Louis man was injured in an accident that occurred at 9:50pm Thursday in Montgomery County.  40 year old Tyrone Flowers was westbound on I-70 when his car traveled off the right side of the roadway, overturned and struck a fence.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRIDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

A driver was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Friday afternoon in Audrain County.  The patrol says that 39 year old David Gibbon of Woodland, CA was on Route B when his tractor trailer ran off the right side of the road, he overcorrected, causing it to return to the road where he overcorrected again and went off the right side of the roadway a second time and overturned, coming to rest on its left side.  He was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

WOMAN HURT IN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING CRASH

A woman was hurt in an early Sunday morning crash in Morgan County.  49 year old Dene Stull of Stover, MO was on MO 5 when she failed to negotiate a straight portion of the roadway, traveled off the left side of the road and struck a culvert.  She refused treatment at the scene for minor injuries.

 






September 18, 2020

COVID-19 HOSPITALIZATIONS RISE IN MISSOURI

 

Hospitalizations for the coronavirus have risen across Missouri in recent days.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that three of the four highest days for hospitalizations have occurred over the past week, based on data from the state health department.
The most recent data shows 1,021 patients in hospitals with confirmed or presumed cases on Saturday, the second-highest day on record.
The highest was Sept. 9, when 1,040 patients were hospitalized.
The fourth-highest number of hospitalizations on record occurred Friday, with 1,008 patients.

 


UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI EXPELLS TWO AND SUSPENDS THREE FOR VIOLATING COVID-19 GUIDELINES

 

The University of Missouri in Columbia says two students have been expelled and three others suspended for violating rules meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The disciplinary actions were announced Tuesday.

A news release says the sanctions were necessary because of flagrant violations of rules and regulations that require students who test positive for the coronavirus to isolate themselves and comply with social distancing requirements.

More than 1,300 of the university's students have been infected.

All told, 470 students have been called to the university's Office of Student Conduct and Accountability for possible violations of coronavirus policies.

Eleven student organizations are under investigation.

 

 





September 16, 2020

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

During the week of September 7 to September 11 the Mexico Public Safety
Department became aware of a few incidents of political signs being stolen from people’s yards. Citizens are reminded that it is a crime, equivalent to a Class A Misdemeanor, to steal political signs.

On Monday September 14 at approximately 12:13AM, the Mexico Public Safety
Department responded to the area of Liberty and Agricultural in reference to someone
attempting to burn a large political sign. Initial video from the area indicates two people
were involved. The incident is still under investigation and there were no injuries.

Anyone with information about these or any other crimes is asked to contact
CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 392-TIPS or (800) 392-8477 or the Mexico Public Safety
Department at (573) 473-5800 or (573) 581-2100.

RESURFACING PROJECT SET TO BEGIN FOR MISSOURI ROUTE 94 IN WARREN AND MONTGOMERY COUNTIES 

Weather permitting, Monday, Sept. 21, motorists will begin to see a resurfacing project start on Missouri Route 94 in Warren and Montgomery Counties. The project will go from Missouri Route 19 to Missouri Route 47 near Marthasville, for a length of 26 miles. It will include a one-inch overlay of asphalt.

Pace Construction, of West Plains, Missouri, was awarded the contract in the amount of $1,742,000. They have 60 calendar days to complete the project.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane through the work zone while the work is completed, and a pilot car will be used for traffic control through the work zone.


 





September 15, 2020

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MONDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT

A man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at around 8:15pm Monday in Morgan County.  38 year old Joshua Lawrence of Barnett, MO was on Route W when his motorcycle traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned.  He was transported by ambulance to Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach with serious injuries.

WOMAN HURT IN FRANKLIN COUNTY WRECK

A Lonedell woman was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Tuesday morning in Franklin County.  60 year old Laura Voight was on Oak Grove Church Road when her car ran off the east side of the road, striking a culvert before overturning.  She was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of minor injuries.

TEEN INJURED IN MONDAY MORNING CRASH

A teen was injured in a Monday morning crash in Howard County.  The patrol says that 18 year old Samuel Guar of Houston, TX was on MO 5 when his vehicle crossed the center line, he overcorrected, causing it to travel off the right side of the roadway, hit a group of trees and overturned, coming to rest off the roadway.  He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 





September 14, 2020

SEVERAL TAKEN TO HOSPITAL FOLLOWING WRECK IN CALLAWAY COUNTY SATURDAY


A total of nine people were injured in an accident on I-70 Saturday. The Highway Patrol says the crash happened just before 6pm Saturday at the 140-mile marker in Callaway County. According to the report, an SUV with a flat tire became disabled in the passing lane. The driver Whitney Watson of St. Louis exited the vehicle and attempted to change the tire when another westbound vehicle attempted to stop but struck the disabled vehicle from behind after it was impacted by a 3rd westbound auto which resulted in the disabled SUV  striking Watson who was thrown into the median during impact resulting in serious injuries. Another passenger in the disabled SUV and 6 juveniles were also taken to the hospital for treatment.

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED INCIDENT


At approximately 4:45 a.m. this past Sunday morning Columbia police responded to a report of multiple shots fired in the 1600 block of Towne Drive. Upon arrival, officers located an adult male victim, 23, who reported being shot at while walking in the area. Officers canvassed the area and found several shell casings and damage to multiple vehicles. Authorities say the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous. 

QUINCY MAN ARRESTED FOLLOWING A MANHUNT THAT STARTED WEDNESDAY


The Lewis County Sheriff's Department said that Wesley Elledge, 32, was arrested Thursday near Route Y and Fern Street southeast of Monticello. The department said it became engaged in a pursuit Wednesday evening that started in LaBelle and ended at Route BB and Mo. 16 when the vehicle crashed. One person was arrested, but the driver, identified as Elledge, fled into a wooded area. A Missouri State Highway Patrol K-9 unit and sheriff's department drone were unable to locate the suspect overnight and continued searching Thursday. At 11 a.m. he was spotted southeast of Monticello, and he was arrested that afternoon after being found by the sheriff's department, the patrol and the Marion County Sheriff's Department K-9 unit. The suspect is wanted in several jurisdictions according to authorities and additional charges are now being sought.








Weekend Report- September 12-13, 2020

 

MAN KILLED IN FRIDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT

 

A Hallsville man was killed in an accident that occurred at 10:20pm Friday in Boone County.  34 year old Marcus Hough was on Route Z when his motorcycle traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned, ejecting him from the motorcycle.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

TEEN INJURED IN COLE COUNTY WRECK

 

An Eldon teen was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday morning in Cole County.  19 year old Dawson Brandt was on US 54 when his car ran off the left side of the road, struck a road sign and overturned.  He was taken to Capital Region Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries.

 




September 11, 2020

MISSOURI HEALTH OFFICIALS ADD MORE THAN 1,300 COVID-19 CASES WEDNESDAY

 

Missouri health officials added 1,362 COVID-19 cases to the state's confirmed total on Wednesday as the number of people known to have contracted the virus reached 96,475.

The actual number is likely higher because some people who have the coronavirus do not have symptoms and testing has not been widespread, especially at the start of the pandemic.

The Department of Health and Senior Services also reported 12 more deaths over the last 24 hours, bringing the state's coronavirus death toll to 1,673.


CANDIDATE FOR MISSOURI GOVERNOR NICOLE GALLOWAY SHARES HEALTH INSURANCE PLAN

 

Democratic candidate for Missouri governor Nicole Galloway says she wants a state law that protects health insurance for people with preexisting conditions.

Galloway pitched the idea as part of a health care plan she rolled out Wednesday.

Galloway is trying to unseat Republican Gov. Mike Parson in November.

Parson didn't support an August ballot initiative to expand Medicaid health care eligibility to more low-income adults.

He said doing so would be too expensive. But Parson says he'll implement the new policy anyway because voters approved it.

Galloway supports Medicaid expansion.

The election is Nov. 3.



 

 





September 10, 2020

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY WARNS OF KIDNAPPING PHONE SCAM

 

Over the last several days, Mexico residents have alerted the Mexico Public Safety Department that they have received phone calls claiming to have kidnapped a member of their family or a friend.  The caller will then demand money be sent as ransom for the kidnapped person.  The caller will go as far as to have another person yell in the back ground to imitate a victim.  These are scams says the MPSD. Residents are asked not to send any money to these people.  If you receive a call of this nature, you are asked to either call the alleged victim yourself or contact the Mexico Public Safety Department.

 

EASTERN MISSOURI TEACHER DIES AFTER MULTIPLE WEEK BATTLE WITH COVID-19

 

A 34-year-old Missouri teacher has died after a three-week-long hospitalization with COVID-19.

AshLee DeMarinis taught social skills and special education at John Evans Middle School in the Potosi School District in eastern Missouri.

Superintendent Alex McCaul announced her death in a letter dated Sept. 7 posted on the district's Facebook page.

The letter doesn't cite a cause of death.

But DeMarinis' sister, Jennifer Heissenbuttel, says DeMarinis was hospitalized with the coronavirus and died Sunday.

Heissenbuttel says her sister hadn't yet begun teaching students when she became ill last month, but that she had returned to the classroom to prepare for the school year.

 

 




September 9, 2020

CENTRAL MISSOURI WOMAN KILLED IN MONDAY STABBING

 

Authorities have arrested a suspect after a 22-year-old central Missouri woman was stabbed to death on Labor Day.

Howard County Sheriff Mike Neal said deputies responding to a home in Franklin Monday evening found Courtney Clardy dead of several stab wounds.

Authorities searched for 44-year-old Emmett Wood Jr. and found him Tuesday morning using a Missouri State Highway Patrol helicopter.

Patrol spokesman Sgt. Scott White said Wood was arrested by force.

Wood was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder.

No further information was immediately released.


TWO CHARGED IN STATUTORY RAPE OF MACON COUNTY GIRL

 

Two people face felony charges following an investigation into the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl.

The Macon County Sheriff's Office began an investigation into the claim on September 4, 2020.

During the investigation, it was learned that the incident took place at a residence in Atlanta, Missouri, during the spring of 2020.

As a result, Pete Anthony Cruse, 18, of Salisbury, Missouri, was arrested and charged with first-degree statutory rape.

Former Atlanta resident, Paris L. Smith, 29, of Clarence, Missouri, was also arrested and charged with first-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

Both Cruse and Smith are being held at the Macon County Jail.

Cruise's bond has been set at $25,000 cash-only.

Smith's bond is $5,000 cash-only.

 

 





 








September 8, 2020

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR COMMENTS ON “GAME CHANGER” SALIVA BASED COVID-19 TEST

 

The FDA recently approved a new saliva-based COVID-19 test, developed by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis.

Developers say this test uses saliva collected from people via a funnel they spit into, rather than the current form of testing, which is swabbing the nose.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson says this new kind of testing is a game changer.

He said throughout the pandemic, Missouri has worked to increase testing across the state.

Parson adds he is impressed with the team at Washington University that developed this test.

"This university didn't wait for somebody else to come up with solutions. They took it upon themselves to say there is nobody out there that can do it any better then we can do it, and they sent their people to work, just like we had to do as an entire state. When this whole pandemic started, there wasn't experts out there who had all the right answers, and I commend them for stepping forward here in Missouri and leading the way in our state to help with this."

Parson says that by enabling rapid testing of large numbers of people, this new saliva test is a major development that will improve Missouri's testing capabilities even more.

 

OVER 30 CARS HAVE TIRES SLASHED ON TRUMAN STATE CAMPUS

 

Officers from the Truman State University Department of Public Safety are looking for a suspect or suspects who slashed the tires on over 30 cars outside Centennial Hall Saturday night.

According to students living in the dorm, the incident happened overnight, with the number of tires on each car being slashed ranging from one to three tires.

Campus police showed up between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday looking for clues, but they were not able to identify a suspect.

The students told KTVO police are hoping that one of the security cameras may have picked up who it was.

If you have any information about the vandalism, you are encouraged to call the campus police.

 




Weekend Report- September 5-6, 2020

 

WOMAN INJURED IN GASCONADE COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

An Owensville woman was injured in an accident that occurred at 7:55am Friday in Gasconade County.  The patrol says that 43 year old Leslie Kurgas was on MO 28 when she became distracted, causing her vehicle to cross the center line and traveled into the westbound lane to avoid an oncoming vehicle, swerved to the right and traveled back into the eastbound lanes, overcorrected, causing it to travel off the left side of the roadway and struck a group of trees.  She was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

MAN KILLED IN FRIDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

A man was killed in a one-vehicle wreck Friday night in Franklin County.  The report states that 36 year old Kurtis Birke of Gerald, MO was being pursued by Franklin County Deputies and driving too fast for conditions on Route YY when his truck ran off the right side of the road, he overcorrected, causing it to travel off the left side of the road and overturned.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

DRIVER HURT IN SUNDAY MORNING CRASH

 

A St. Louis driver was hurt in a Sunday morning crash in St. Charles County.  33 year old Valencia Sardis was westbound on I-70 when her car traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck the concrete median wall.  She sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis for treatment.

 




September 4, 2020

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR PARSON SPEAKS ON HIGH COVID-19 RATES IN COLLEGE AGE PEOPLE

 

More than 7,000 college-age people in Missouri have tested positive for the coronavirus since colleges and universities opened for the fall semester, fueling spikes in cases in college towns across the state.

Gov. Mike Parson said Thursday that one-day positive test rates in some college towns are as high as 45% for people in the 18-24 age group.

That's more than eight times the national positivity rate of 5.5% for people of all ages, according to the seven-day average from The Covid Tracking Project operated by Johns Hopkins University.

Parson notes that none of the college-age students have become seriously ill, but he acknowledges that worry persists.

 

MISSOURI AND ILLINOIS POST OFFICES WILL CLOSE SEPTEMBER 7TH IN OBSERVANCE OF LABOR DAY     

 

The Gateway District Post Offices will be closed on Monday, September 7 in observance of Labor Day. There will be no mail delivery, caller service or Post Office Box service.  All services resume on Tuesday, September 8. The Post Office will be open regularly scheduled hours on Saturday, September 5.

 

Customers who wish to purchase stamps, mail packages, or ship urgent letters or packages on September 7 may use the Self-Service Kiosks available at select post offices. The ATM-like kiosk accepts credit or debit cards only and can handle about 80 percent of typical postal transactions – like weigh packages and dispense postage for Priority Express, Priority, First-Class and Parcel Post mail.  Self Service Kiosks are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

To obtain the phone number of a specific Post Office, customers may call 1-800-ASK-USPS.

 




September 3, 2020

 

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI STUDENTS FACE DICIPLINE FOR COVID-19 GUIDELINE VIOLATION

 

With nearly 700 confirmed cases of the coronavirus among students at the University of Missouri's Columbia campus, several students and organizations are facing potential discipline after being accused of violating guidelines aimed at slowing the virus's spread.

The university's COVID-19 dashboard on Wednesday cited 683 confirmed cases since classes resumed in mid-August.

The university is threatening to discipline students for violating guidelines on masks and gatherings.

MU spokesman Christian Basi says 330 alleged violations have been referred to the student accountability office.

Students found in violation face punishment ranging from a verbal reprimand to suspension or expulsion.

 

MAN ACCUSED OF 1991 MURDER OF A CLASSMATE OUT OF JAIL AFTER POSTING BOND

 

A 43-year-old Fulton man charged with killing a 14-year-old classmate in 1991 is out of jail after posting a $1 million cash bond.

William Christopher Niemet will be supervised and must wear a GPS tracker after being released from Cole County jail Monday.

Niemet is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Greg Jones, whose body was found in June 1991 near Russellville after he was reported missing in April of that year.

Jones had been shot in the head. Niemet pleaded not guilty in March.

A probable cause statement filed when Niemet was charged does not provide a motive for the shooting.

 

YOUR MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL WANTS YOU TO PLAN A SAFE LABOR DAY WEEKEND

 

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, encourages everyone to plan for a safe 2020 Labor Day weekend. Whether you are on the water or on the road, it’s everyone's responsibility to travel safely and observe all Missouri laws. It is also important to observe social distancing and other CDC guidelines related to the coronavirus, and stay home if you are ill.

As you plan your Labor Day weekend, incorporate safety into every facet--choosing your route, making sure your equipment is in good working condition, being aware of and following Missouri's traffic and boating laws, driving your vehicle or vessel courteously, and wearing a seat belt or a life jacket. Help ensure a safer Labor Day weekend for everyone. 

In Missouri, nine people died and 431 were injured in 1,021 traffic crashes over the 2019 Labor Day holiday. This means one person was killed or injured every 10.6 minutes. Troopers arrested 116 people for driving while intoxicated during last year’s holiday weekend.

The Labor Day holiday is also a busy boating weekend. In 2019, there were 11 boating crashes which included four injuries, and no fatalities. There were no drownings over last year's Labor Day holiday. Troopers arrested 10 people for boating while intoxicated during last year's counting period.

The 2020 counting period for the Labor Day holiday will be from 6 p.m., Friday, September 4, 2020, through 11:59 p.m. Monday, September 7, 2020.

The Highway Patrol will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness & Reduction Effort) over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Speed, inattention, and impaired driving are leading causes of traffic crashes. All available troopers will be patrolling Missouri’s roadways and waterways. Troopers on the roadways will be enforcing Missouri’s speed limit, seat belt, and impaired driving laws, in addition to being available to assist motorists. Marine enforcement troopers will be working to make our waterways safer during the holiday weekend. Missouri’s boaters are asked to do their part by remaining alert for other boats and swimmers, and being courteous on the water. With more boats on the water, it is even more important to pay attention when operating a vessel. Remember: Smaller vessels should yield right-of-way to larger vessels. Boaters should avoid overloading their boat with too many passengers and always pay close attention to the boats around them. Causing harm to another person or their property with an excessive boat wake may subject you to enforcement action or civil liability. Treat other boaters and property owners as you want to be treated. Life jackets save lives. Wear one when you are on or around water.

Never operate a vehicle or vessel while you are impaired. Alcohol consumption slows reaction time. 

The public is encouraged to call the Patrol's Emergency Report Line (800) 525-5555 or *55 on your cellular phone if they witness criminal activity or experience an emergency. These emergency numbers are operational for both highway and water emergencies. If your celebration includes alcohol, designate someone else to drive whether you are in your boat or your car. Please don't become a statistic.

 




September 2, 2020

 

PAVEMENT REPAIRS PLANNED FOR MISSOURI ROUTE 19 IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing the following work in Montgomery County.

 

Missouri Route 19 - Sept. 2 & 3, the road will be closed at the intersection of Tree Farm Road for concrete repairs.  The work will take place at night between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. each day.

 

Missouri Route 19 and South Outer Road of Interstate 70 - Sept. 3-4, traffic will be reduced to one lane on each of these roads at the intersection while pavement work is performed.  The work will take place at night between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. each day.

 

Motorists will need to use alternate routes for the closure.

 

This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

MISSOURI WOMAN SENTENCED IN CASE OF BODY FOUND IN CONCRETE

 

The Missouri woman who prosecutors say was the "most culpable" in the death of a developmentally disabled man has been sentenced to 17.5 years in prison on federal charges.

Sherry Paulo was given the maximum sentence possible in the death of Carl DeBrodie and for trying to cover up the crime.

DeBrodie's body was found encased in concrete at a Fulton storage facility in April 2017 but investigators determined he died months earlier.

He was a resident of a home for developmentally disabled people that Paulo helped operate.

Paulo's husband and two children also were charged in the death.

 




September 1, 2020

 

MISSOURI APPEALS COURT REWRITES VOTER SUMMARY OF REDISTRICTING MEASURE

 

A Missouri appeals court has rewritten a voter summary of a Nov. 3 ballot measure to revamp the state's unique redistricting model.

Appeals court judges on Monday said the summary written by Republican lawmakers doesn't mention the main point of the measure, which is to repeal parts of a redistricting initiative that voters approved just two years ago. The appeals court rewrote the summary of the measure given to voters to highlight that it would repeal redistricting rules approved by voters in 2018 and replace them with rules written by the Legislature.

 

MISSOURI SCHOOLS REPORT CLIMBING COVID-19 CASES AS CLASSES RESUME

 

Officials at schools ranging from a kindergarten to universities report a continued climb in COVID-19 cases as classes resume across Missouri.

The University of Missouri reported 415 active cases on Monday, while Missouri State University said it had 383 new COVID-19 cases the second week of classes, more than double the 141 reported the first week.

Meanwhile, officials closed a kindergarten center in Webb City when 10 of its 24 staff members -- but no students -- tested positive for COVID-19.

The increase in cases comes as the state recorded 84,697 confirmed cases on Monday, with 1,530 deaths.

 




August 31, 2020

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR INSISTS HEALTH SYSTEM STILL STRONG AMID RISING COVID-19 CASES

 

COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Missouri.  The number of confirmed cases since March now stands at nearly 81,000.  In just the past 24 hours, nearly 1,420 new cases have been reported, with 14 new deaths.  Governor Mike Parson says that his administration has been monitoring the virus since January.  He says Missouri is approaching the 6 month mark from when the first case in the state was confirmed.

"When the first positive case was identified on March 7, we were fully engaged and immediately on the ground in St. Louis. Since that time, we have worked nonstop to combat this virus and keep Missourians as safe as possible."

Parson adds that testing in Missouri has increased substantially.

He says the state went from testing only 2,000 each week, to testing nearly 100,000 people a week.

Parson also says that the health care system in the state remains stable, despite the increase in cases.

There are over 1,000 Missourians hospitalized due to COVID-19.

However, that number reflects a 72 hour delay in reporting.

 

COLUMBIA BARS BEGIN CLOSING DOORS EARLY AS COVID-19 CASES RISE

 

With more than 300 University of Missouri students infected with the coronavirus and cases also rising among permanent residents of Columbia, the city is limiting crowd sizes and requiring bars to close early.

Health director Stephanie Browning says new cases of COVID-19 "are increasing exponentially."

She cites a test positivity rate of 44.6% last week as evidence of "widespread community transmission."

By comparison, the county's rate before students returned to class on Aug. 19 was 11%.

Effective Friday, public gatherings must be limited to no more than 20 people, with some exceptions.

Bars and restaurants must cut off alcohol sales at 9 p.m. and close no later than 10 p.m.

 




Weekend Report- August 29-30, 2020

 

TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRIDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

An Eldon teen was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at around 9:45am Friday in Miller County.  18 year old Katelynn Nelson was on Route H when her car traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck an embankment, became airborne, went a short distance across a private drive, struck a tree and overturned.  She was transported by MU Air to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

MAN INJURED IN ST. LOUIS COUNTY CRASH

 

A Fenton man was injured in a motorcycle crash early Sunday morning in St. Louis County.  The patrol says that 25 year old Joshua Hirbe was riding his motorcycle on the I-255 westbound ramp to I-55 southbound when it ran off the left side of the road and overturned.  He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment.

 

DRIVER HURT IN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck early Sunday morning in Franklin County.  18 year old Wilson Long of St. Clair was on Plum Ford Road when his car traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a ditch.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of minor injuries.

 




August 28, 2020

 

MISSOURI REPORTS RECORD NUMBER OF CORONAVIRUS CASES FOR SECOND STRAIGHT DAY

 

Missouri's health department is reporting a record number of new coronavirus cases with the daily count topping 1,500 for the first time.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Service's online dashboard showed 1,512 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday.

That topped the previous record of 1,449 set one day earlier.

The state also reported one additional death, bringing the total to 1,450 since the pandemic began.

The total number of infections statewide is 79,574.

The number of new confirmed cases has risen sharply in the two months since the state reopened for business.

 

78 CATS REMOVED FROM SEDALIA HOME, TWO PEOPLE IN CUSTODY

 

Sedalia police say two people are in custody after 78 cats were removed from a small home, where many other cats and kittens were buried.

The animals were discovered Wednesday after police received a tip about unhealthy animals at the home.

KMBC-TV reports many of the cats in the 941-square-foot home were ill and some died despite receiving care.

Dead kittens were found in bags inside the house and 27 cats were buried in the back yard.

Police said 37-year-old Ferdinand M. Bucayan and 59-year-old Teodora Dalumpines were taken to the Pettis County Jail on suspicion of animal abuse and neglect.

 

 




August 27, 2020

 

PAVEMENT REPAIRS PLANNED FOR MISSOURI ROUTE 19 IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing the following work in Montgomery County.

 

Missouri Route 19 - Aug. 31-Sept. 1, the road will be closed at the intersection of Tree Farm Road for concrete repairs.  The work will take place at night between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. each day.

 

Missouri Route 19 and South Outer Road of Interstate 70 - Sept. 1-2, traffic will be reduced to one lane on each of these roads at the intersection while pavement work is performed.  The work will take place at night between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. each day.

 

Motorists will need to use alternate routes for the closure.

 

This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

The Mexico Public Safety Department will be participating with law enforcement nationwide in the 2020 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which runs from August 19th through September 7th.  During this timeframe, there will be increased traffic enforcement, geared towards deterring impaired driving.

 

On Tuesday at approximately 10:12AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1000 block of E Liberty in reference to a disturbance with one person threatening to shoot another.  Responding personnel located and arrested Floyd W Dudley, age 32 of Mexico, for Assault 4th degree, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Stealing (Possession of Stolen Firearm).  Dudley was processed at MPSD and transported to the Audrain County Jail.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 




August 26, 2020

 

MISSOURI’S LARGEST UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES SEE SPIKE IN CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS

 

Missouri's biggest university campuses are reporting large numbers of students with confirmed cases of the coronavirus as in-person classes resume for the fall semester.
The University of Missouri-Columbia's COVID-19 online dashboard cites 159 known active cases of the virus, and 168 total positive tests since the university began receiving data from Boone County last Wednesday.
Students began arriving on campus in mid-August.
Enrollment at the Columbia campus is 30,849.
Meanwhile, at Missouri State University in Springfield, the university reported 140 confirmed students cases of COVID-19 in the first full week of in-person classes.
Enrollment at the Springfield campus is 19,733.

 

MISSOURI LABOR DEPARTMENT BEGINS ADDED $300 PER WEEK IN UNEMPLOYMENT

 

Missouri's labor department says it will start handing out an extra $300 a week in unemployment benefits as soon as this week.

The money comes from federal grants.

People out of work were getting an extra federally funded $600 a week up until the end of July.

Congress hasn't passed a bill to renew those benefits yet, so President Donald Trump signed an executive order this month to chip in at least another $300 a week.

Missouri will use some of its federal grant to retroactively pay back unemployed workers who stopped getting the extra federal money in July.

 

 




August 25, 2020

 

MODOT ADVISORY: BE ALERT FOR BACK TO SCHOOL TRAFFIC

 

With school districts starting at different times and with the possible modification of school schedules due to COVID-19 precautions, drivers are urged to be extra vigilant as students begin returning to class. Motorists are urged to slow down and pay attention as more children will be on or near roadways, walking and bicycling to school or waiting for the bus—most for the first time in several months. With many students returning to Missouri’s colleges and universities, motorists could experience increased traffic on major highways over the next two weeks.

 

MISSOURI JOBS REPORT FOR JULY 2020

 

The Missouri labor market continued to recover in July 2020, following major job losses due to COVID-19 shutdowns earlier in the year. Employment, seasonally adjusted, increased by 52,200 jobs over the month. Over-the year job losses, though still substantial, have diminished as the economy has gradually reopened. Missouri’s smoothed seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 6.9 percent in July 2020 from a revised June 2020 rate of 7.8 percent, a decrease of nine-tenths of a percentage point. 

Missouri’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has now been either below or equal to the national rate for 65 consecutive months. The national unemployment rate was 10.2 percent in July 2020.
The estimated number of unemployed Missourians was 211,177 in July 2020, down by 25,026 from June’s 236,203.

 

 




August 24, 2020

 

RESURFACING PROJECT SET TO BEGIN FOR MISSOURI ROUTE 94 IN WARREN AND MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, Aug. 31, motorists will begin to see a resurfacing project start on Missouri Route 94 in Warren and Montgomery Counties. The project will go from Missouri Route 19 to Missouri Route 47 near Marthasville, for a length of 26 miles. It will include a one-inch overlay of asphalt.

Pace Construction, of West Plains, Missouri, was awarded the contract in the amount of $1,742,000. They have 60 calendar days to complete the project.

Crews will begin setting signs for the project the week of Aug. 24. Traffic will be reduced to one lane through the work zone while the work is completed, and a pilot car will be used for traffic control through the work zone.

 

MISSOURI WILL NOT USE 85 BALLOT DROP BOXES FOR NOVEMBER ELECTION

 

Missouri officials say they will not use 85 ballot drop boxes for the Nov. 3 election because of confusion over a new state voting law.

The new mail-in voting option requires residents to mail completed ballots to local election authorities.

Mail-in ballots that are instead put in a drop box wouldn't count.

The law does not affect absentee ballots, which can be mailed in or dropped off in person.

A spokeswoman for Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft says the new drop boxes were ordered before the new law took effect.

She says they're being kept in storage to ensure that all votes are counted.

 




Weekend Report- August 22-23, 2020

 

WOMAN HURT IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Moscow Mills woman was hurt in an accident that occurred at 3pm Saturday in Montgomery County.  The patrol says that 50 year old Veronica Schott was riding her motorcycle through a curve from Route V to Route E when she drove over a trail of fluid causing the rear wheel to slide out from underneath.  She was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.

 

FULTON MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

 

A Fulton man was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash Friday afternoon in Callaway County.  52 year old Brian Cieloski was riding his motorcycle on Route J when it crossed the center line and traveled off the left side of the roadway and overturned, ejecting him from the motorcycle.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries. 

 

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING WRECK